Steps of Glamour!
In our house we do not have a grand foyer & our stairs were pretty boring. I wanted to give them a makeover so they would have a subtle wow factor & make the home more inviting.
I forgot to take a before pic but you get the idea, ugly carpet, tons of layers of white paint on the railing that was peeling and anything but exciting to look at. Not to mention vacuuming stairs is the worst!
We had already stripped the paint down on the railings, sanded & stained a dark espresso color which was one weekend project. Ripped out the carpet and removed all the plywood steps.
It was quite the mystery seeing all the goodies the builders left behind under the staircase!😂
Laid down the oak stair treads that we stained to match railings. We scored an amazing deal off of Craigslist as they can be quite expensive. I had an idea to use glass tiles for the risers instead of just painting the typical white most tend to do. I thought it was a beautiful unsuspecting touch and more durable by not showing scuff marks. We used these same glass tiles on our fireplace transformation to have a sense of unity in the house.
After grout & cleaned up. I love the iridescent gleam. It tends to really pull the teal color from the walls but still a neutral clean white look overall!
I still have plans to add wood trim to give a faux wood panel look where it's painted white. But that's a project for another day!😬
And loved being able to dress it up for Christmas! So warm & welcoming when you walk through the front door.
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Published January 21st, 2017 10:13 AM
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NancyO on Oct 21, 2020
I've looked at hundred of stair treatments, but this one is the most interesting and attractive. I don't even have stairs, but I can certainly admire your imagination and the work you did to create a unique look, to say nothing of practicality.
Amy Underwood Wilson on Oct 21, 2020
Donald Duck on Apr 02, 2023
Your hard work paid off and the result is stunning.
Where did you get the tiles?
How have the glass tiles held up? Have any gotten broken by shoes, etc.?
How did you install the tiles? Did you apply them directly to the plywood risers on the steps? Did you put mortar on the riser, then affix the tiles, and let it dry, and then grout?