How to Step Up Your Stair Risers With Wallpaper

Add pattern and color to a staircase with wallpaper, acrylic sheeting and decorative hardware.

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Materials Needed:

  • 3 different rolls of wallpaper in coordinating styles and colors
  • wallpaper paste
  • wallpaper smoothing tool
  • utility knife or scissors
  • stainless steel washers
  • stainless steel screws
  • drill
  • 1/4" drill bit
  • paintbrush
  • one 4X8' sheet of 1/8" thick acrylic for every 12 stairs
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • notepad
  • painter's tape
  • safety goggles or other eye protection
  • earmuffs or other ear protection
  • table saw
  • L-square

Count Stairs and Take Measurements

Count the number of risers along the staircase, jotting total down on notepad with pencil. Next, use measuring tape to get proper height and length of all stairwell risers.

Tip: Although all stairwell risers may appear to be the same exact size, many will vary as slightly as 1/8” off from one another. Be sure to take accurate measurements for each stairwell riser.

Determine Pattern Repeat

To ensure proper positioning of each style of wallpaper onto the stairwell risers, read the label to determine the pattern repeat.

Tip: Keeping the placement of pattern consistent will result in a more symmetrical look. If the patterns are fractured, the effect can become busy.

Cut and Place Wallpaper

Referring to the pattern repeat, cut paper to size with utility knife or scissors, then place along staircase riser.

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