What can I do in my steps?


I have 6 steps a landing then 6 more steps. They are carpeted and I want to remove the carpeting. I don’t have the money to buy new hardwood steps so I need ideas

q what can i do in my steps

firsr set of steps

q what can i do in my steps


q what can i do in my steps

remaing step that go into the loft

  8 answers
  • Christina Aleridge Christina Aleridge on Aug 08, 2018

    How about painting them?

  • Natasha Natasha on Aug 08, 2018

    I saw a video where after the carpet was removed, the stairs were cleaned and sanded. Then, the stairs were painted a basic solid color. The magic came in when stencils were used to apply a design that ultimately made the stairs look like it was draped with a gorgeous rug! It turned out beautiful!

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Aug 08, 2018

    Actually there's a project posted right here on Hometalk that i thought turned out really nice. https://www.hometalk.com/diy/staircases/great-solution-wood-look-vinyl-tile-on-a-stair-28193187

    She used vinyl tile that looks like wood to recover her stairs.

  • Janice Janice on Aug 08, 2018

    Hi Cheri, start by ripping the carpet off the stairs. There will be a tack strip on either side of the stairs that holds the carpet tight. Remove those strips and possibly many, many staples and nails. Then you'll know whether you have wood steps or if the are some type of pressed wood. Either way you can paint the steps for now and then if they are not wood, later you could purchase stair treads and add them. Good luck! and could you share your process with us? We'd love to see it.

  • Dfm Dfm on Aug 08, 2018

    Remove carpet. Remove staples tacks etc. fill holes, sand the raiser and treads, paint with a porch paint. I paint every other tread...let it dry, paint the rest the next day. That way...you can still use the steps.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Aug 08, 2018

    Hi Cheri,

    I agree with the others that removing the carpet, tack strips and nails, then painting the stairs can look beautiful! I used Hometalk's search feature to find a lot of project for you to enjoy. Some of these may have hardwood - so skip those. Some of the projects that came up are not really stairs. ( I don't know why they came up ) but there are more stair projects below them. Make yourself a cup of coffee, tea or a cold drink and explore all the fabulous ideas from other Hometalk members. :) Good luck finding the one that you love the best! - Linda


  • Sally Alter Sally Alter on Sep 23, 2018

    Hi Cheri,

    Here's a post that might interest you. I would do it myself if I had some stairs!

    Stenciled Stairs Worth Staring At! | Hometalk

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 01, 2021


    Use Gloss Paint, or Vinyl flooring or maybe Vinyl Tile Covers or something like Scaffold Boards cut to size.