DIY Staircase Makeover Ideas – Inspiration and Plans

DIY staircase makeover ideas and inspiration! These 10 ideas add personality and fun to your stairs and stair risers.DIY staircase makeover ideas and inspiration! These 10 ideas add personality and fun to your stairs and stair risers.

Recently, I have been sifting through DIY staircase makeover ideas.

Remember what the stairs looked like when we first got the house?

Before we moved in, we decided to rip out all the carpet in the house. Some rooms had gorgeous hardwood flooring underneath. The stairs had hardwood too but it was so beaten up and gross that it would have to be replaced.Stairs after removing carpet

We decided to hire out the initial flooring work installed wood look vinyl flooring on the stairs in addition to the entryway and kitchen (which had old cracked tile).

This is what it has looked like for the last 4 months since we have been living here. Got stairs that look like this? Stair riser makeover ideas that will inspire you!!

UPDATE: See how I fixed these stair risers the easy way! 

Now that all the major stuff is done like removing popcorn ceiling, fixing up the kids room and painting the house, it is time to take care of the more cosmetic issues like the stair risers.

I have been dreaming up ways to makeover the stair risers and looking at inspiration all around the web! There are so many simple and so many fun ways to makeover the stairs!

Here are a few ideas that I found that are my favorite!

Easy DIY Staircase Makeover Ideas

Staircase makeover with runners

I toyed with the idea of installing a runner on the stairs. I love that I could bring in pattern, texture and color all at the same time. It would be relatively easy to change out too.

There is the option of just painting on a runner. I love the detailed tutorial by Heathered NestPainted staircase makeover | Check out these 10 amazing staircase makeover ideas!

I love the texture that Sand and Sisal brought in to the white stairs with the seagrass runner.Staircase makeover with runner | Check out these 10 staircase makeover ideas!

And I absolutely adore the colorful runner that Centsational Girl used!Colorful staircase makeover | Check out these 10 amazing staircase makeover ideas!

But then there is this by Wit and Delight… it gives me heart eyes just looking at it! The mismatched rugs, the colors…Colorful Stair runner! 10 other ideas to update your staircase

Stair Riser Makeover Ideas

The most impact on any stairs comes from the stair risers! There are so many fun ways to add personality to them!

Of course, there is tile… I love this blue and white combination!Stair case update with tile

Image credit – Domino

Painted stair riser ideas

Paint is the easiest way to change things up! When I first saw Designer Trapped‘s staircase, I was immediately drawn to the simplicity and whimsical detail.Numbered staircase makeover | Inspiring ideas to update your staircases

Or the more colorful Ombre stairs by A Kailo Chic LifeOmbre painted staircase ideas | Inspiration to update your staircase with color

Wallpapered Stair Riser Ideas

Wallpaper is another fun way to add lots of pattern and color to the stair risers! I love Pillar Box Blue‘s gorgeous staircase!Wallpapered staircase makeover idea | DIY staircase makeover inspiration and ideas

Or this one with mix-match wallpaper by Lonny.Mix and match wall paper ideas for your staircase

But if you can’t find the perfect wallpaper, Plaster and Disaster show you how it’s done using fabric!staircase makeover with fabric | Inspiration to makeover your staircase

Related: See how I updated my staircase

Not enough staircase makeover ideas for you?

I found this amazing list of ideas on Home Esthetics… seriously! I can’t pick which one is my favorite!

Looking for staircase makeover ideas? This is the best collection of inspiration I have found!

Anika's goal is to inspire and empower beginners with woodworking, DIY, home improvement, and home decor ideas.
She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"

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  1. So which one did you choose? I can’t wait to hear!! I love them all but I really like either the ombre’ or the simplicity of Designer Trapped’s stairs. And instead of numbers you could use words, like positive and encouraging words. They make great peel and stick letters that can easily be removed. That’s what I used on my undersink recycling center.

    I can’t believe your stair treads are done in vinyl, it looks fabulous!!

  2. Linda L Weeks says:

    very cool stuff! It’s about it’s about time to change out my risers for some other theme – thanks for the post!

  3. Love all the ideas here. Thanks for including my Marimekko stairs. They still make me smile every time I open the front door!

  4. Good! I think black and blue stairs are good. In my home, there are simple white stairs and now i decide i will do paint black and blue. Black on top the stairs and blue on below the stairs 🙂

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