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Swoonworthy Staircase Makeover Ideas

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Welcome back friends to my Home Improvement and DIY series! Today’s post was inspired by all of the positive comments and questions I have received about our staircase with the French grain stripe painted staircase runner which I shared in An Early Summer Home Tour of My Old Kentucky Home. Since there has been so much interest in our painted stairs and painted staircases in general, I thought I would create a round-up post of staircase makeover ideas. Join me in as I enjoy some seriously swoonworthy staircases! *This post contains affiliate links.

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Our DIY painted stair runner project was completed four years ago before I launched this blog, so I regret that I don’t have a tutorial post to share as of now. Due to all of the interest I am going to go back and pull some photos off my old phone of the before and after. Then I will come up with a materials list and let you know all the steps and the exact colors and products. For now I can tell you that we used painter’s tape to tape off a grain stripe pattern. We chose Behr Porch and Floor Paint and sealed the paint with a top coat of stain because I wanted the runner to have an aged look while being protected at the same time. After almost five years of heavy traffic it has held up really well! I have found a few other similar makeovers on Pinterest and some of them have tutorials you might like to check out.


Painted Stairs: Staircase with the number on it

Via Sarah Richards Designs




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How to Paint Stairs - For Carriage house stairs. Don't want the stripes but good instructions on the process and products.



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Dark blue painted wooden stairs and herringbone floor.




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If you don’t want a pattern, try out a solid color. This is can also be a quick and easy fix for basement and attic stairs.


Paint The Risers




WOW, WOW, WOW! This DIY staircase makeover was accomplished in a weekend and looks like a professional job! Need to tackle your own staircase makeover? Come check out full details from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body!


If your stair treads are still in good shape, or if you just want to add some personality to the staircase, simply painting the risers is a great option. Using a slate gray or matte black can give your stair risers a chalkboard look. This can be a fun way to personality by adding words or numbers to the stairs. We have another small stairway which leads from our back door to the kitchen and I have thought many times about the trying this idea.




10 Creative Ways to Paint Your Stairs


If color makes you happy and your favorite childhood song is “I can sing a rainbow,”then you might enjoy painting your stair risers bold, bright and beautiful!



A solid color on the treads is also a way make a stylish statement with your favorite hue.


Wallpaper The Risers

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If you love a bit of pattern but don’t want to commit to wallpapering the walls in your home, why not add wallpaper to you stair risers? Mix and match patterns in like colors or choose a faux tile wallpaper to make a big impact.


Update Your Staircase with Wallpaper Tutorial:




how to update stairs with beadboard wallpaper


Using beadboard wallpaper will add cottage, farmhouse and fixer upper flair to the stairs.


Stencil The Risers

Just when you thought you'd seen every cool staircase update out there, someone does this!

Stenciled Stair Case

Stenciled floors and backsplashes are all the rage right now. The staircase is another great place to incorporate popular stencil flourishes and tile patterns. Black and white and gray and white are classic and trendy at the same time.


Medieval Tile Stencil Set We combined a few traditional Medieval Spanish tile designs into one versatile stencil kit to make it easy and fun for you to stencil a gorgeous accent wall, backsplash, staircase, table top or floor!



painting wood stairs wisers in white and applying stenciling decoration patterns on every second riser



Add Easy “Tile” Vinyl Decals To Risers


Stair Riser Vinyl Tile Decals~ Etsy 

I really like the idea of repainting our mud entry stair risers with chalkboard paint and numbers, but I also really love these vinyl decals which look like tiles. The decals are only $10 so I am really thinking about ordering them just to try them out since there are only a few stairs in the mud entry area.



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There are just so many fun and beautiful possibilities to match any decor preference!


Add A Stylish Runner


DIY stair runner with Dash and Albert runner

An stylish stair runner is easy on the eyes and soft on the feet! Carpeting can add warmth, texture and beauty to a staircase.


Stair Runners- Favorite Ideas for Rugs on Stairs




Navy and White geometric runner by Stark Carpet for this classic 1920's home. Custom White wall paneling and painted white risers. Designed by SHOPHOUSE Interiors.


Choose a pattern to make a big design statement or a solid for a more subtle classic look.


Not much of a wall paper fan but love the 2 toned railing and if the wall paper was just a neutral paint color..perfection!



Painted Stairs for Under $50 - Fed up with our dirty, builder-basic carpet, I set out to transform this once cave-like stairway that is the first thing you see


Natural rugs such as jute and sisal aren’t as soft as carpeting with pile but they are very durable and stain resistant making them excellent choices for stairs.






Upgrade The Handrail and Banister


Tips for Staining and Painting an old oak banister. You can totally change the look of your space!


Painting or restaining the spindles and handrails can completely transform the look of a staircase. Our banister was an orangey-oak and we used General Finishes Java Gel Stain , the same as in the example above)  which updated our staircase, but made it look even more historic at the same time. The darker wood was much more fitting for our 1921 home. The great thing about this gel stain is that you do not have to strip the original stain.


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In this example the homeowner has replaced the spindles and rebuilt the banisters. A stylish black and white paint treatment takes the staircase from drab to fab!


if i had to leave the wooden banisters, this would still be pretty


There are so many beautiful metal spindles on the market today. Replacing wooden spindles and even the handrail with customized metalwork can really create a high end look.



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In addition to cosmetic improvements, stairs can be made functional as well. You can convert the steps of your staircase and turn them into drawers which is an excellent use of space. I think this would be so useful in our side entry where we have three stairs, perfect for shoe storage.



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Well there are just so many fabulous DIY staircase makeovers on Pinterest that this post could go on and on, so I am forcing myself to stop here! I hope you have enjoyed the swoonworthy staircase makeover ideas I have shared here today. Which are your favorites? I love hearing from you!

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  • Reply Marty Oravetz

    Wow, these are all stunning, I however am really partial to yours, it is amazing.

    August 5, 2018 at 7:29 am
  • Reply Jennifer Wise

    These are just amazing. The painted ones blew my mind–the idea of getting all those straight lines! Wow. I have an oak banister that needs to go, so I need to check out those links you listed… 🙂 Pinning!

    August 9, 2018 at 9:08 am
  • Reply Donna Reidland

    I don’t even have stairs and I found myself wanting one of these, in fact, several! 🙂

    August 11, 2018 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled

    Love all the painted and patterned stairs. Makes me wish I had stairs to do something so fun with!

    August 12, 2018 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies

    Wow what an inspirational post. You have given me so many ideas. Thank you, they are all so stylish! xx

    August 13, 2018 at 2:33 am
  • Reply Calleen Petersen

    Seriously STUNNING stairs!!! Totally pinning to my boards for my “One day we’ll finally buy a house” board.

    August 13, 2018 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply Jann Olson

    Amber, I seriously love so many of these. Yours has always made me swoon! When we redid our entire main floor with wood last October I wanted to do the stairs so badly. Hubby was hesitant. He was worried if one of the grandkids fell down them, how dangerous it would be. I didn’t push it, but the carpet needs replaced. I’m wanting to do something fun. Thanks for sharing these great ideas with SYC.

    August 16, 2018 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    Lovely inspiration, Amber! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    August 16, 2018 at 11:26 pm
  • Reply Janice@curtains in my tree

    I have stairs down to my studio I have wanted to paint for years ,maybe this will encourage me to get it done

    August 17, 2018 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Debbee

    An absolutely fabulous post Amber! All swoon worthy, but I like your painted stairs the best. Pinned!

    August 18, 2018 at 8:57 am
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    Thanks for sharing. I really feel the urge to pull up the carpet on our stairs! It is so hard to keep clean. It is great to have your post linked to Keep in Touch.

    August 21, 2018 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Tara

    Amber, you do such beautiful work! I almost wish I had never seen your painted stairs, lol… because now I can’t ‘not’ see it when I look at my stairs. 🙂
    Were you ever able to find the products & colors you used?
    Thanks always for your endless inspiration!

    October 20, 2022 at 2:56 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks Tara! It has been several years since we painted the stairs but I think I still have the paint done there somewhere! We are getting ready to purge and clean our basement so hopefully I will find it in the chaos!

      October 25, 2022 at 9:50 pm

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