Faux painters use different techniques and an extensive range of specialized tools to make one surface resemble the other. Depending on what effect you are trying to achieve, there are a lot of materials which are more comfortable or more challenging to work with.


If you want to create the look of wrought iron on stair spindles, then you should learn some techniques which can help you get the desired effect. With a couple of steps, you can complete the entire project within a few days. So, here is how to paint stair spindles.

Step 1

The first thing you should do is to sand your stair spindles to dull the surface if it’s shiny or coated with glossy paint. Use the appropriate sandpaper for this action. In this case, you will require strong sandpaper to remove any residues for old paint. Make sure to protect your nous and eyes with a mask and glasses because the fine dust can severely damage your respiratory system. When you sand everything, wipe off the dust with a damp rag.

Step 2

Use a dark base-coat paint to protect the spindles. Make sure you didn’t miss any spots because you will see the difference when you apply the final coat. Wash your brushes properly. Allow the base coat to dry completely before you use a new layer.

Step 3

Before you apply iron paint, make sure to shake the can thoroughly. This will help you distribute the iron filings. When you are painting, use the smooth coat wrought iron paint, but do not apply the paint too thinly. Rewash your brush and allow the paint to dry.

Step 4

If you want to create an edgy look, then paint the rustic solution with a disposable brush. It will take you at least 12 hours for rust to develop. If needed apply another coat of rust solution for a more pronounced look.

Step 5

The final step would be to seal spindles with a clear coat to prevent the formation of new rust.  In this way, you will get a shiny finish, and rustic design and your stairs will be ready to use. When you complete the project, wash all the tools and store them away.This solution isn’t only limited to stairs; you can use it on every metal object in your home. Just make sure to remove the previous layers of pain and apply our technique.


Many people are replacing the wooden spindles with metal ones because it’s durable and has a more appealing design. You can leave the wooden construction and only replace the spindles. The combination of wood and metal can give you a unique appeal and add your home a luxurious note.

If you want to save money on iron spindles, you can order them in raw iron and paint them yourself. You can even combine two colors if you wish to achieve a modern design.