An easy and beautiful fix for shabby stair risers.
EDIT: the new headline says "boring," but in fact the risers were nothing but. Scratched, gouged, would have been a challenge to refinish or paint.
Looks like HomeTalk has reformatted things, so my explanatory text has gone away. Briefly:
--measure risers' width and height
--pick up a border to come close in height, in sufficient length to do all the steps plus some extra. This border was 50 cents for 5 yards, and I found five rolls of it at the ReStore.
--cut to fit length
--loose skirt board on some steps enabled me to work the paper inside, providing a nice clean finish
--protecting the work area, spray the backside with adhesive
--place on riser, lightly press down
I did the lowest step first, proceeded with other home renovations, then returned to complete the remaining steps about five weeks later. Actual time is about 5 minutes each...1920 house, measure measure measure!