Her Rickety Staircase Was Looking Drab, So She Grabbed Some Paint And Some Wood...

FEBRUARY 13, 2016

After her stairs had endured nearly 90 years of use, one woman named Lynn decided they needed a makeover. But in all her years of staring at them, she could never figure out what to do with the steps. Something had to change, and fast. Her only requirements? Keep costs low, use textured paint due to the slippery nature of the stairs, and incorporate leftover finish from her deck outside.

After a bit of thinking, she came up with a brilliant idea that would satisfy all her needs and look great too!

Here's what she was working with -- they definitely needed some work.

She started with a trip to the arts and crafts store to buy several stencils.

Tip: you can keep costs down by using the same stencils in different ways.

She purchased plywood, 1/8" in this case, to fit the risers. This makes it so you don't have to paint the stencils on vertically.

Tip: you can use FREE paint samples of varying colors to do the job.

For a finishing touch, she put wax on the boards to give them an antique look.

Soon you'll have beautiful risers anyone would pay good money for.

Just make sure to spray them with a clear coat for additionally durability.

To attach the risers, Lynn used 1" brads.

What a beautiful staircase! That's just about the easiest home improvement project, and for such a low cost. Apparently Lynn spent less than $20 on the entire project!

You ready to follow in her footsteps?

 

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