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Striped "Runner"

Striped "Runner"

A pattern of painted lines creates the look of a colorful, vibrant runner down crisp white stairs. For this look, practice your design on posterboard until you get the right mix; lines of different widths, in tonal hues (like the ones here) or up to three colors, will look best. Use masking tape to lay out the design on the stairs, then take a step back to eyeball it, advises decorative painter Annie Sloan, author of Quick & Easy Paint Transformations : "You'll know immediately if it's not right."

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Create an eye-catching display with paint, stencils and more. By Ayn-Monique Klahre, Woman's Day

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