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Stair Riser Stencil With Tuscan Tile Design

Plywood stairs aren't pretty, but covering them up with carpet is both costly and high maintenance. Here's a DIY idea to save money and add style.
Time: 12 Hours Cost: $50 Difficulty: Easy
Adding color and a tile design to these stair risers turned this space from a cave to a creative jewel.
These stairs leading to the basement were very plain and rough. As part of the construction, we had the contractor complete the trim and paint the steps with basic "porch and floor paint".
The two stencil paint colors are Sherwin Williams Commodore (SW6524) blue paint in flat that was used elsewhere in the house for the darker blue, layered with a shimmery Metallic Teal stencil cream from Royal Designs Studios. The finished risers are sealed with a coat of water-based polyurethane.
Working with stencils can be time consuming, and it’s definitely all about the details, but it's worth it because you can customize your project as much as you’d like. We stenciled a lampshade to coordinate with the design on the steps. (See how that turned out over on my blog site.)
I will not lie, this projects took hours. And hours. But it was so worth it. All the neighbors have come over to peek at this unique touch.
You see dark treads with white risers in a lot of designs, but white risers are nearly impossible to keep clean. Especially because this is the basement level, and not the main part of the house, we opted for easy maintenance, and just added the pizzazz with the stencil. Keeping the stairs clean is easy with a quick dusting. Not only have we made it pretty, it'll be much easier to keep clean than white risers or carpeted stairs ever would be.
To get all the steps for this project, please visit my website at http://heartworkorg.com/2015/07/12/stair-riser-stencil-with-tuscan-tile-design/.

To see more: http://heartworkorg.com/2015/07/12/stair-riser-stencil-with-tuscan-tile-design/

Ask the creator about this project

  • Aceoffice
    on Jul 21, 2015

    Very pretty looks totally different

    • Helen Tillery Foster
      Helen Tillery Foster Cape Coral, FL
      on Jul 21, 2015

      @ Hi MA, my brother and SIL live in Waxahachie.... so did I years ago... love the courthouse and all the gingerbread

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Jul 21, 2015

    Love it! Makes such a nice, unique improvement. :)

    • Darla DeMorrow
      Darla DeMorrow Wayne, PA
      on Jul 21, 2015

      Hannah, unique was exactly what we wanted. And the colors are used elsewhere in the room, so they are totally coordinated, too!

  • Randa Gutierrez
    Randa Gutierrez Coos Bay, OR
    on Jul 21, 2015


  • Audra Mason
    Audra Mason De Soto, KS
    on Jul 22, 2015

    That's a lot of work! Great job!

    • Darla DeMorrow
      Darla DeMorrow Wayne, PA
      on Jul 22, 2015

      @Audra Mason It was a few hours, but really, not many more than it would have been to have workmen in and out of the house installing stuff. These kinds of projects go really fast with your favorite podcast! The good news is that while it took a while, it wasn't actually hard.

  • MaryAnn Jensen
    MaryAnn Jensen Amsterdam, NY
    on Jul 26, 2015

    Love the look !!!

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