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What To Do With Stairs After Removing Carpet

Not sure what to do with your stairs after stripping it of its carpet? Read this article and uncover beautiful refurbishing ideas you can use to give your stairs a pleasant look.

Ways To Remodel Your Stairs After Carpet Removal

Sitting and thinking of a new concept for your stairs can be mentally draining. You want to give your stairs that ultra-modern appearance that adds more beauty to your home and gives it a higher selling price. At the same time, you are considering how capital intensive that might be.

However, the good news is there are Tens of ways to make your stairs brand-new with a DIY project. Thus saving cost and having fun while at it. Enjoy our 3 simple stairs renovation ideas 

1. Paint Your Stairs

Having your stairs painted after the carpet is removed is one of the cost-effective things to do with your stairs. It gives your stairs and home, in general, a different look. You can either hire the service of a professional or choose to do it yourself if you are a ‘handyman’.

For stairs-painting to give your home a better look, it is important to choose a paint color that matches your home’s style and initial undertone. Include interesting designs, patterns, and styles that would add a spark to the stairs. Thinking of what to do with your stairs? Consider painting it.

Tips For Painting Your Stairs

a. Pick a preference paint color. Darker colors help in hiding blemishes while brighter colors are attractive and eye-catching. In all choose a color you like and one that blends with your house.

b. Prepare your stairs for painting by ensuring the stair is clean of staples, glue, dirt, nails, or other residues of the old carpet. Also, check for holes on the stairs and make it up with a filler. Tiny holes may be from staples or nails. Then smoothen rough edges and surfaces with a sander or sandpaper. Finish stairs prepping by vacuuming and clearing stairs of dust.

c. Start your painting from the handrails and trims before moving to the stairs. With this, you reduce the risk of paint dripping from the handrails to the finished stairs. Also with masking tape or painter’s tape tightly mask the edges around the trim and handrail to prevent paint from getting beneath. Also, ensure to keep your floor covered with drop cloths to avoid paint splattering on it. Then apply a primer first before the actual paint and allow it to dry.

d. In painting the stairs, mask areas linking the rails and trims with the stairs to shed it from color splash while painting. Don’t forget to also use a drop cloth to protect the floor and pieces of furniture below the stairs. Apply primer on stairs and leave to dry before adding paint coats.

e. Include a decorative design in your painting. Create something beautiful or ask a creative mind for ideas.

2. Apply A Stair Riser Decal Vinyl Strips

Replacing the old carpet on your stairs with vinyl strips is another thing you can do to add more grace to your stairs. These strips come in different types, colors, patterns, designs, and a range of most creative styles. You could have a rainbow, a waterfall, a big cat or even a famous one just think about it.

Another reason to consider remodeling your stairs with stair riser decal strips is its ease of installation. You don’t have to be an expert to install a vinyl strip. You can decide to have it installed yourself. You also don’t have to rob a bank to buy them as their prices are reasonable.

To have a stair riser decal strip on your stairs you will need the stair decal strip itself in addition to a clean wipe cloth, a ruler, scissors, pencil, and blade.

Steps To Installing A Decal Strip

a. Source for the strip. You could decide to buy from an e-commerce store or a local supplies shop in your vicinity. Your choice of the strip shouldn’t just be based on your impulse. Also, consider its aesthetic effect on your stairs and home at large.

b. Wipe your surface of the stair riser clean with a wipe cloth. Before applying the strips be sure the surface of the stair riser is dirt and debris-free. Remove remains of carpet if there are any left. Fill up holes on the surface, and sand out glue where necessary. This initial surface preparation is done to prevent bumps or dents when the vinyl strips are applied. 

c. Measure the stair riser and cut vinyl strips accordingly. Preferably this should be done before buying the stair decal strip. But if this wasn’t done before purchase then with your ruler or measuring tape to take the width and height of the stair riser. Use these dimensions to cut the portions of the vinyl strip accordingly.

d. Remove the strip backing and carefully apply the strip on the stair in a firm manner. Inspect strip and cut out excesses if any. Also, ensure the press strip well against the stair riser until the surface flattens out.

e. Repeat the process on other stair risers. While at it ensure all applied strips follow the pattern and not just done zigzag. Perfect the edges with a razor blade. Inspect the strip below or above before sticking the next one. Continue in the pattern that would bring out the style.

3. Switch Balusters And Railings To Iron

Switching to an iron baluster after the old carpet is removed from the stairs is also another thing you can do. Doing this would give your stairs and home a new face. This might be a job for an expert considering how important it is for stairs to be safe for everyone using the stairs. You can also do it yourself if you are sure of your expertise

Tips On How To Switch Your Balusters To Iron

a. Cut through wooden spindles with saw, twist, and remove.

b. Repaint and coat railings.

c. Cut iron balusters to desired sizes.

d. Insert balusters and hold them in place with hot glue.


Hope these help you with what to do after removing your carpet from the stairs.