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I have an old staircase in my home and to dress it up, I'm thinking of tiling the risers.

Marissa H Last reply on May 6, 2012

Since they don't get stepped on, but likely bumped by feet, what is the best way to prepare them to hold the tile?

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  • Natalie W
    Natalie W Joliet, IL
    on Dec 14, 2011

    Thank you for all the help and awesome ideas... Walls treat, I love those stenciled steps .... I just don't think paint is enough to make these old stairs look any good, and if I did that much work on them, I'd want it to be permanent....those are gorgeous. tin ceilings sound nice too, and I know they come less shiny too .... may look into it.... thanks again!

  • Harold M
    Harold M Franklin, NC
    on Dec 16, 2011

    KMS I like your idea, but how do you deal with the edges of the metal tiles? Make a trim?

  • KMS Woodworks
    KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    on Dec 17, 2011

    Harold...if they are cut straight and true the tops and bottoms will be against the tread and the underside of the tread overhang. the sides could be bent over or a small piece of molding could be applied if the risers have "exposed" edges.

  • Natalie W
    Natalie W Joliet, IL
    on Dec 23, 2011

    I like the ceiling panel idea! Thanks everyone!

  • Diane B
    Diane B Dublin, GA
    on Jan 2, 2012

    I like the stenciling best of all.. it would not cause me to fall up the stairs, I hope. Very nice. Like he strips, but would cause visual dilemma. Good luck.

  • Judith O
    Judith O Glenview, IL
    on May 6, 2012

    Love the 1st pic, looks like inlay.

  • Kelly S
    Kelly S Bremerton, WA
    on May 6, 2012

    we are replacing the treads on ours with hard wood (ash) and facing the risers with 1/4" plywood stained to match the treads. It's an enclosed staircase. It used to have cheap carpet. I have already removed that. I tried to talk my husband into tiles or paint or something but nope just wood.

  • Rosemary N
    Rosemary N Klamath Falls, OR
    on May 6, 2012

    These are really cool! Wish my house had stairs....

  • Kathy R
    Kathy R Lockport, IL
    on May 6, 2012

    Someone must have a lot of time on their hands...

  • Marissa H
    Marissa H Dundee, NY
    on May 6, 2012

    I think it would be cool to make them look like books stacked on each other.

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