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No-Slip Steps

Make your steps nonskid with several stripes of homemade sand paint.


  • Beach sand
  • Sieve
  • Paint
  • Painters tape


  1. Step 1

    Bring home a plastic bag of beach sand, and strain it through a sieve to remove leaves, shells, and pebbles.

  2. Step 2

    Paint stairs with plain paint and let dry

  3. Step 3

    Next, create a template for the stripes by outlining them with painter's tape. In a separate container, mix 2 cups paint with 3/4 cup sand.

  4. Step 4

    Paint stripes with sand paint, keeping paint well stirred, and let dry before removing painter's tape and adding another coat of the sand-free paint.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2000