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OK, using Elmer’s Art Paste to stick textured wallpaper on stair risers isn’t exactly a paper mache project – but it’s what I’ve been doing this week, and I decided to show it to you anyway. Maybe there’s someone else out there with stairs that look just as bad as mine, and who would like a nice relatively cheap way to make them look better.
You can see how I did it, and how I cut the paper to get an exact fit, in the video.
I’m kind of embarrassed to show you the ‘before’ picture because my stairs looked so bad after I pulled off the old carpet. In fact, they still look pretty bad, since the treads themselves haven’t been covered up yet. The wood is sound, but very beat up, and it had so so many nails and staples that I’m still finding more, after hours of work to get rid of them. The treads themselves will get new non-slip vinyl covers, dark brown, the least expensive option I could find. Replacing the wood would cost a small fortune, but, of course, it would look a lot nicer.
The paper I put over that old ratty bookcase, just to the left of the stairs, is starting to show a bit of wear. I should have touched up the paint before I took these photos. I tend to ding the paper when I carry big things up the stairs. I’ll paint the stair risers, too, and I hope they don’t get scuffed up too much. Here in South Dakota people don’t wear shoes in the house, and I don’t think I can do too much damage with my slipper toes. But time will tell.
Next week, I should be done with these silly stairs, so I can go back to doing something a bit more fun. But the weather is still way too cold for me to paint my dragon out on the front porch. 🙂