This old house: Stairs

It’s hard to believe that I’ve never shared with you my favourite DIY project! A quick look at my archives and it appears to be true!


When we first moved into our new house one of the first things we did- THE first thing we did was get rid of all the carpeting. It smelled. It smelled really really bad of 40 years of cigarette smoke.  So for over a year we lived with carpet tacking strips and all sorts of pokey things jabbing us whenever we walked barefoot in the house. I finally had a enough and one day while losing myself on Pinterest I found the image above.


I knew instantly that this is what I wanted to do at ours.  It’s the perfect DIY on a budget project. I had been looking at carpeting the stairs- either completely carpeted or a runner but it was just one more expense on top of everything else we needed to do. This project required 1/2 a tin of paint and I already had that!



I did this project over 5 days. First thing was prepping the stairs. It was full of nails and the carpet taking strip was still there so that had to come out. I also filled in some holes and sanded them all down.

painted stairs collage

stairs after

Some things that I learned along the way.

  • it will always take longer than expected.
  • make sure you’ve got enough time and that people aren’t going to want to go up and down the stairs while you’re doing this.
  • Prep! Really do it! Don’t wing it like I do or you’ll end up with something that looks good- as long as you don’t look to closely.

I really really enjoyed this project. It was easy to do and make a huge impact on the look of the house.


Thanks for reading!




  1. October 16, 2013 /

    Lindy, as you know I am a huge fan of this feature. Regardless of you mentioning it came from Pinterest I’ve never seen it before. It’s gorgeous and something I’d love to do in a family home I eventually own. I’ll be sure to call on you for top tips once the time comes!
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    • Lindy
      October 16, 2013 /

      Thanks Ruth! It’s such an easy thing to do and when you’re on a budget and can’t afford carpet or a runner for the stairs…