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No-Slip Steps

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

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2000


  • Beach sand

  • Sieve

  • Paint

  • Painters tape


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

  2. Paint stairs with plain paint and let dry

  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. 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.

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