Staircase From Ho-Hum to OMG!

3 Materials
2 Hours

An easy project to change your boring white stair's kick plate or front into something out of a magazine. You're neighbors will be so envious!!
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Begin by vacuuming and wiping the stair treads and fronts.
Measure the width of the stair front.
I found the bottom stair front is thinner due to the fact that there is usually molding added to the bottom along the floor.
Measure the length of the stair front.
Using a tape measure, mark the measurements onto the back of the vinyl.
Place several pieces of cardboard under your vinyl before cutting.
Using a utility knife and carpenter's square, cut the vinyl along your measurement marks.
Remove the backing and adhere the vinyl to the stair front.
Use a credit card to smooth out any air bubbles.
Continue to measure, cut and cover your remaining stair fronts.
Stand back and admire your hard work. And hey, invite the neighbors in to see how awesome your staircase looks.
These are the materials that I used - carpenter's square, metal and vinyl tape measure, pencil, utility knife, credit card, cardboard box, and vinyl wall covering.

Suggested materials:

  • Carpenter's square  (Lowes)
  • Utility knife  (Lowes)
  • Vinyl wall covering  (Target)

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  • Evangelina Bowman
    Evangelina Bowman
    on Apr 16, 2017

    great job, I am looking to replace the carpet on my stairs with something that is kid friendly. We have two small grand kids under 3 and I needs something that they can survive falling down. Any suggestions?
  • R lybolt
    R lybolt
    on Apr 16, 2017

    My basement stairs do not have risers is thus against the building code?
    • Alicia W
      Alicia W
      on Apr 17, 2017

      Not against building codes as far as I know but I would check with a local contractor
  • Ray Costa
    Ray Costa
    on Jun 20, 2017

    How many contact rolls did you use for the staircase?

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