Interior Stairs Makeover


After seeing so many stair makeovers, I finally took the plunge and pulled the 20+ year old carpet off of mine. I painted the stairs, added some additional trim along the sides and beadboard wallpaper on the risers. I love the way they turned out!
Finished steps.
Old dirty carpet.
Sanded and filled staple and nail holes.
Prime, caulk and new trim.
Four coats of porch and floor paint, three coats of polyurethane on stair treads. Adding beadboard wallpaper on risers. Then painted risers and trim. Added an additional piece of trim between riser and tread.
Done! Not an extremely difficult project, but it was time consuming. Still, so worth it.

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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Cul10895001
    on Sep 5, 2017

    What colour did you use on the stair threads
  • Kilgara10
    on Jan 30, 2019

    After taking off carpet were you face with ply wood, or did you have a nicer wood to work with such as an old oak? Trying to see your pictures but unsure. I am pretty sure I will find ply wood as I live in a condo that has been covered with a few colors of carpet.

  • Kilgara10
    on Jan 30, 2019

    Did you find ply wood under the carpet? or do you have a nicer wood to work with?

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  • Lady Dropsalot
    on Nov 15, 2018

    Those old carpeted stairs look exactly like mine. I really, REALLY want to do mine! Thank you for sharing...

  • Pam Robinson
    on Feb 28, 2019

    I may have to try this, I didn't know you could buy beadboard wallpaper. Lovely job you did!!

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