Stair remodel

Ever since my boyfriend and I bought our first house I've hated the carpet on the stairs! One day I was feeling adventurous and decided to take the carpet off. Well, it's plywood. I need help on options and what we can do with them. I was hoping for real wood to sand and stain, but I'm not sure where to go from here and now I have a project in waiting. Please help!
q stair remodel, diy, flooring, stairs, When I started pulling up the carpet off the stairs Yuck
When I started pulling up the carpet off the stairs. Yuck!
q stair remodel, diy, flooring, stairs, All the carpet is off but I m left with plain old plywood
All the carpet is off, but I'm left with plain old plywood.
  22 answers
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Apr 09, 2014
    It may be plywood, but you can paint and distress plywood to work for you! Fill in and sand holes and patch where needed and do something interesting. Paint white or cream risers with black steps and rails, and then paint musical notes or numbers on the risers. Paint words like "Love, Hope, Faith, Trust, Confidence, Courage, Freedom, Responsibility, etc." They could be made BEAUTIFUL!

  • Susan Sheffield Susan Sheffield on Apr 09, 2014
    I agree with Jeanette. Cheap & easy fix. You have a blank canvas to work with. You can have floor paint mixed to any color to suit your taste and décor. I would choose a darker color for the rise and a lighter color for the steps to hide scuff marks. Good Luck!!!

  • Your Home, Only Better. Your Home, Only Better. on Apr 09, 2014
    We did the exact same thing! Here's how we painted it:

  • Rosemary Kelly Rosemary Kelly on Apr 09, 2014
    You can also buy stair treads in many colors and materials. We used scrap Pergo for the risers and vinyl treads. We have a walk-out ranch and large dogs who need good traction on the stairs. (Actually I do too!) We tried bare wood, vinyl tile, and carpet. All were pretty slippery.

    • Vicki Robinson-Fair Vicki Robinson-Fair on Oct 10, 2017
      Do you have any pics of it. Would love to see how it looks and how you did it. I am interested in it because I too need tread for my stairs. Or have to get carpet to replace old carpet.

  • Irish53 Irish53 on Apr 09, 2014
    Ply wood can be stained . It is used for kitchen cabinets. To lessen the noise walking up and down the stairs you can put just trends of carpet.

  • Kathy McConnell Kathy McConnell on Apr 09, 2014
    I pinned some stair makeover ideas on a pinterest board. Hope it will help. Check out Kathy McConnell's board called "Ideas for guest cottage".

  • Terry's Flooring Terry's Flooring on Apr 09, 2014
    That's not ply wood ...Caulk in the cracks , get all the staples out ..Paint, stain or whatever you want to do ...

  • Moxie Moxie on Apr 09, 2014
    Paint & stencil them!!!! Detailed instructions at I did this on my stairs and I Luv, Luv, Luv them. Not a website plug intention, just trying to show you where you can get detailed instructions : )

  • Yes painting the treads and risers is the quick and easy solution. But, we've found that using hardwood stair treads designed for retrofitting existing stairs are also an economic solution to ripping out and starting over, and is a process most home owners can handle.

  • HandCraft Solutions HandCraft Solutions on Apr 10, 2014
    For a professional appearance after all is done, replace the plywood with stair tread. This will give you a finished front edge and allow you to stain or paint to any color desirable. The treads are only nailed down. Just pop them up. Be a little daring. Try one first. The end result will be worth it. For a great fit, remember to measure the rear and the front of each tread before cutting, as each tread may vary slightly in length and shape. ( No house is perfectly square )! Hope this helps.

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Apr 10, 2014
    I just did this a month ago.I sanded, patched holes and cracks with joint compound,sanded again, primed twice and painted 2 coats of black floor paint (risers only) treads way too $. Carpeted treads only. So soft and quiet love it!

  • Lynn Lynn on Apr 10, 2014
    go to Pinterest and type in 'stairs' and look at a million treatments! I love many of them!

  • Stacy Stacy on Apr 10, 2014
    I agree with Terry's Flooring. This does not look like plywood. I wouldn't think it would have a bullnose if it were. If I were you and didn't like the look of the wood I would paint them. Be careful what color you pick to paint them though. You need to find a color that won't look dirty all the time. Good luck!

  • Barbara Ann Barbara Ann on Apr 11, 2014
    If not real plywood it could be partical board or OSB board. Not stainable or really sandable. But can be painted. Prime first. Paint. Then a really good poly coat

  • Anne Cowart Anne Cowart on Oct 23, 2016
    Paint steps and risers gloss white?

  • Vicki Robinson-Fair Vicki Robinson-Fair on Oct 23, 2016
    Just type in stair makeover in this site. Lots of ideas!

    • Vicki Robinson-Fair Vicki Robinson-Fair on Oct 23, 2016
      I am getting ready to do the same to mine that go downstairs but it is I believe particle board. We shall see.

  • Carmen Carmen on Oct 10, 2017
    if the wood underneath is in good shape you can paint it. Even do some nice designs. We put cork flooring on our stairs. I stained and varnished them and they look great.

  • Rosemary Kelly Rosemary Kelly on Oct 14, 2017
    Hope this helps

  • Bijous Bijous on Oct 14, 2017
    This was originally posted in 2014. Wonder what Meagan did...

  • Barb Barb on Oct 14, 2017
    No worries here’s a few picture idea for all your hard