Stair Style – DIY Stair Makeovers!

Stairs can be pretty boring. They are really necessary when you have more than one floor, but boring all the same. They cause so many design issues… how to hang photos on stairwells, how to deal with low light, what to do on landings, and how to stop the borefest that is your stairway. Well we have a solution to that last one. Add stair style! Use these DIY stair makeover ideas to add color and interest to that pass through space. Trust me, borefest, over.




Our featured DIY stair makeover projects is from one of our fav bloggers, Donna at ‘Funky Junk‘. These painted wood crate stair steps are a.m.a.z.i.n.g. Jump on over and find out how she did this! This would look great in a home with some vintage style, industrial tastes, or a “funky” space with loads of personality!



These hand painted book spine steps by Sascha Fink on Pinterest are, as she puts it, proof that anyone can do a DIY project! I wish I could find a tutorial or template for these, but so far no luck! If anyone knows a good how-to, please share it in comments.



Southern Hospitality‘ has a great tutorial on how to install a carpet runner on your stairs. Pretty easy, and really changes the look and feel of a stairwell.



Makeover your stairs! These numbered stairs from ‘Lover Mother‘ are easy with a little paint and stick on vinyl numbers.



I Am Pascal‘ used colored and pattered adhesive tape to create these one of a kind DIY stairs. Washi Tape Projects, anyone?



Painted Therapy‘ shows you how to paint your stairs, complete with this cool stripe! You will never guess what “tool” they used to pull this off…



Gotta love these wallpapered stair risers from ‘Lonny‘… They have a simple tutorial on how to get this done right. I like how they used black and white…adds graphic punch, but doesn’t limit the color choices in the adjoining rooms.



Lovely Crafty Home found this textured wallpaper at Lowes, and decided to use it on her stair risers. It looks like she doesn’t have a tutorial at first, but that’s because this is so simple…read the first paragraph, and you will know what to do! Check out our post on Textured Wallpaper Ideas too!



More wallpapered stair makeover ideas from ‘Serena and Lily‘. No Tutorial, just inspiring. Follow the instructions in the wallpaper projects above.

Stair Style - Makeover Your Stairs!


Create these stamped stairs from ‘Martha‘ with a purchased stamp and latex or craft paint. Easy afternoon DIY stair makeover project!



Finally, this last idea is from Etsy shop Village Vine Press. You can order these for a very reasonable price for those of you who don’t want to go through the DIY of creating your own with vinyl letters or paint.


We hoped  you loved out post on DIY Stair Makeover Ideas! We know you will also want to check our posts on DIY Stair Railing Ideas & Makeovers and DIY Floors!

Image Credits: Painted Therapy, Funky Junk Interiors, Pinterest, Southern Hospitality, Lover Mother, I Am Pascal, Lonny/Patrick Cline, Lovely Crafty Home, Serena and Lily, Martha, Village Vine Press
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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. Corrine Anderson
    January 7, 2015 / 5:49 pm

    I have been looking for info on stair runners. Really like the one you used. Could you send me info on where to find that design? Did you bind the runner or have it done somewhere, if so, where would someone get a runner bound? Any help would be appreciated.

  2. Beaujetto
    October 6, 2014 / 5:11 pm

    You have really great this website

    • Kathy Woodard
      October 31, 2014 / 7:17 am

      Thank you!

  3. October 1, 2014 / 8:43 am

    Hi! The black and white staircase is actually stenciled, not wallpapered, using a multitude of our stencil designs. Wallpaper is not good quality, shows wear and tear, and ruins the surface it adheres to. Stencils are the way to go 🙂

    • Kathy Woodard
      October 1, 2014 / 10:35 am

      Thx for that clarification!

    • Lizzie
      June 22, 2016 / 7:12 am

      Where are the stencils from please?

      • Kathy Woodard
        June 23, 2016 / 8:46 am

        Im sorry, its not our project, so we don’t have the buying info… Sorry we couldn’t be more help!

      • Lyla McLean
        March 12, 2017 / 9:00 am

        Royal Design Studio have said that the stencils are theirs.

  4. July 20, 2014 / 8:38 pm

    I’m the person who created the second set of steps (from pinterest). Contact me for the instructions.

    • jaiden
      September 5, 2014 / 6:37 pm

      Hey this is Jay, how does one accomplish this, this is awesome 🙂

    • claudia
      December 17, 2014 / 3:26 pm

      i love this project, in fact that is gonna be my new years resolution. could you share steps.l don’t know who to contact you. thanks

      • Kathy Woodard
        December 30, 2014 / 9:54 am

        Hi Claudia! Which project in the post are you referring to? If there are directions to a particular photo/project, you will find them in the description as a clickable link… Hope this helps!

    • Amy milardo
      February 13, 2017 / 8:05 pm

      I loved it can you send me instructions

    • Karen
      October 10, 2022 / 8:51 pm

      I love this! Would you share your tips, etc?

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