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Slip-Proof the Back Steps

Source: Organizing Good Things 2005


  • Bag of fine sand (can be purchased at a crafts of hardware store)

  • 1 can plain paint

  • Painter's tape

  • Bucket

  • Mixing stick


  1. Paint stairs completely with a coat of plain paint, then let dry.

  2. Use painters tape to outline 2-3 stripes running the length of each step.

  3. In a bucket, mix 2 cups paint with 3/4-cup sand. Paint stripes with sand paint, keeping paint well stirred as you work.

  4. Let sand paint dry completely before removing the tape. Finish with another coat of plain paint.

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