Revamping your staircase? Time to think beyond carpet!
Here’s a great tip from a recent answer I gave in Reloved Magazine’s Q&A section.
Q. I’ve seen lots of images on Pinterest lately where people have decorated or wallpapered their stairs and they look amazing. How do I do this?
I wanted to use vintage wallpaper on my staircase but you can use anything you like really! I’d seen on the various shabby sites that Sarah Moore Vintage (Great Interior Design Challenge winner) had decorated her own staircase and decided to contact her. She was really helpful and I bought a pack of several different vintage wallpaper samples that I could use on the stair risers.
To get started you need to make sure that any staples or carpet tacks are removed and then sand down the wood to ensure there are no splinters to bother bare feet!
Give the stairs a good clean, with sugar soap, to ensure that they are ready for the paint and wallpaper and fill any holes with filler where necessary.
I’d used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to paint all the furniture and it was perfect for the stairs too as the wood didn’t need further prepping or priming! Two coats of paint instantly transformed the treads!
I wanted a patchwork effect on the risers, so I cut the wallpaper into brick style pieces and stuck each piece to the stair risers using PVA glue. You could use an entire strip of one pattern, you could stencil or just paint the risers with different colours. The possibilities are endless.
Once all the risers were complete I finished with 3 coats of Polyvine Decorators Matt Varnish on the entire staircase to seal and protect it.
It’s given this shabby chic holiday cottage a wow feature as the guests come through the front door…the pic doesn’t do it justice!
Pinterest is a fantastic source of inspiration for this project and you’ll find a pin of my staircase on there too! My account is @doodledashlove
If you have any DIY decorating or up-cycling questions please do comment below, I’ll try to cover it in future blogs!
By: Deb Hunt
Deb Hunt is the owner of Doodledash Interiors. She has been upcycling and revamping vintage furniture since 2013 and also trades in vintage & antique pieces, home interiors and curios. She has two retail concessions, based at The Malt House Emporium in Stroud and Lottie & Friends in Evesham. Deb will be blogging about hints and tips for upcycling furniture.