Usually, commercials don’t work with me. I either scan right past them or fail to watch much television at all. That all changed a few weeks ago when I saw an ad promoting this


Then I found this website and my love grew even stronger for this design!


Kyle and I finally eliminated the nasty brown carpet throughout most of our home. Since I seriously loathe vacuuming (much less vacuuming the steps!) we pulled the carpet off of the steps on our entry way last winter. It has now sat like this for the past few months…

Hmmm. Don’t look closely at the corners – you’ll find cobwebs, dirt and old pieces of Christmas Tree needles.

In our defense, we’ve been crazy busy. Now that we have a few moments to finish our unfinished projects we’re going to tackle these bad boys.

Thing is ~ I have NO idea what colors to use for this project. Seriously – I NEED your help! My kitchen colors look like this..

gray with yellow accents. It’s the first room seen when you enter our home. The walls around the steps will probably be a different color other than off white (another project for another day).

This is where I need your help!

What COLOR???

Yellow and Gray?


Gray and white?


OR here’s a site that tells me I can use wallpaper on the steps!


So many choices but I have NO idea where to start. Hmmm. Better start by asking my husband if he will help me. In the mean time, I’ll be thinking about my design idea! Below you’ll find step by step instructions to paint your own steps!

Please let me know if you’ve done this in your own home – or have any suggestions for me!!  I’ll keep you posted on our progress. 

Stencil/Paint YOUR steps

Step 1: Measure stair risers’ width and height. Cut the 1/4″ x 4′ x 4′ birch plywood to those measurements using a jigsaw. (Don’t rely on each riser being exactly the same size. Measure each one and number them in order from bottom to top, then write the numbers on the back of each as you cut them out.) Lightly sand the front of each new riser cover and wipe clean.

Good to Know: The front of the stair tread should hang over the riser by at least 1/4″. If your stair tread does not have an overhang, this project will not work for your home.

Step 2: Coat the front of each riser cover with primer. Let dry completely. Then paint each riser cover a background color and let dry completely before applying the stencil.

Step 3: Download the stair riser stencils and enlarge to the desired scale and print. Cut out the designs.

Step 4: Roll out adhesive shelf liner. Do not remove the backing. Arrange the shelf liner backing side down on a hard surface that won’t be ruined by a crafts knife. Tape down the shelf liner corners. Spray the back side of the stencil with spray adhesive and adhere to the shelf liner. Smooth it out to make sure there are no bumps and that it is well attached. Cut out the design.

Step 5: Remove shelf liner from the work surface. Peel off the sticker backing and lightly position the stencil over the stair riser cover, smoothing it down as you work from one end to the other. Be sure the paper is flat to the surface of the riser cover or paint will seep under the edges.

Good to Know: To ensure that your design stays uniform from riser to riser, arrange your riser cover in the same direction as it will attach to your stairs before applying the stencil. This will keep the pattern continuous in case the stair risers are different sizes.

Step 6: Fill in the stencil by applying even coats of paint over the surface of the stencil. Let paint dry completely between coats.

Step 7: Carefully remove the stencil; start at one end and work your way to the other. Re-apply the stencil next to the painted pattern to create another row. For the square stenciled stair riser covers, do not leave a space; instead, mirror the pattern to create the design.

Step 8: Use carpet tape to attach the stenciled stair riser covers to the original risers.

Leslie Means

Leslie is the founder and owner of Her View From She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well. She is married to a very patient man. Together they have three fantastic kids.  When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.