The last couple of weekends my days have been filled with home projects. I swear I think one of the lady cashiers at Home Depot probably thinks my husband has a crush on her, because he has had to make multiple trips in a day and always ends up on her line.
When we first bought our home we were full of energy to get everything painted, decorated and remodeled. We finally got the house move in ready and as that happened we lost all steam we had. We were exhausted so we took a break from working on the little details. Well the break has been going on for a long time and this lady need to get her home picture perfect for my portfolio so the work has begun again.
One of this weekends projects was to work on my solution for my blah stairs.
We had discussed fixing it with paint, wallpaper or a carpet runner. I went with something else….decals!!!
Decals were the perfect solution. It was easy to do, fast, durable and if I wanted to change the look later I would just need to peel it off.
It was pretty simple to prep the stairs. Since I wasn’t painting I didn’t need to sand or anything. I just made sure I used extra TLC in cleaning the stairs and paid special attention to the risers.
Yes ladies, he cleans up nice and I’m willing to rent him out on the weekends. For handy man duties only!
1. Un-roll and cut about 1” past the length needed for stair riser.
2. Pull off backing and line up strip so that there is a half inch overhang on each side.
3. Stick bottom edge first and then work your way up and out from the center with the help of the scraper to prevent air bubbles.
4. Once strip is in place go over once again with scraper to secure.
5. You will now still have the half inch overhang on the sides. Use scraper to guide x-acto blade and cut off excess without damaging the stair riser.
6. Repeat until you have finished your staircase.
Zebra print might not be for everyone, but I rarely find anything wrong with it. It’s my go-to animal print. Plus since it’s on the risers it’s just a little
surprise you see when you are about to venture upstairs and not a loud statement. It looks great next to my living room that is a combo of brown/white/blue and little pops of orange.
In the beginning of my stair brain-storming I was actually considering hand painting zebra stripes. That would have been quite the project. I’m so happy that I found this quick and easy solution.