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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Add Wallpaper Paste to Staircase Riser

Protect stair by placing painter’s tape along the inside edge where the stair meets the riser. This will keep wallpaper paste from getting onto the stair tread. Use a paintbrush to add wallpaper paste directly to the surface of the stair riser.

Trim Top and Bottom Edges of Wallpaper

Place wallpaper up against the glue-covered riser. Use utility knife against straight edge of wallpaper smoothing tool to trim excess wallpaper from top and bottom edges of each staircase riser. Next, remove painter’s tape from each stair.

Alternate Wallpaper Styles

Repeat Steps 3, 4 and 5 for all staircase risers, alternating wallpaper styles.

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