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Stair Riser Stencil With Tuscan Tile Design

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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
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Adding color and a tile design to these stair risers turned this space from a cave to a creative jewel.
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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".
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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.
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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/.

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Got a question about this project?

  • Catherine
    Catherine Bridgeton, NJ

    Love this idea!! We are finishing off our basement and my husband made a beautiful set of oak stairs. What a way to spice them up! Thanks for sharing!

  • Gini
    Gini Tucson, AZ

    Beautiful. This is something that needs to be done in my house makeover.

  • Linda Rutledge
    Linda Rutledge Weirton, WV

    Love your stairs!! This is a beautiful transformation!

  • Debbie Westgate- Guyot-Sliwa

    Looks great, in past I have tiled the risers and it always looks pretty!

  • D fuhrman
    D fuhrman Athens, GA

    very nice!

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