How to beautify stairs with wallpaper
1 Upcycle stairs
2 Measuring the front face of steps
First you need to measure the front face of the steps horizontally and vertically and apply them to your wallpaper.
3 Prepare wooden steps by sanding them down
To achieve the best possible adhesion, the front face needs to be sanded down and cleaned.
4 Apply wallpapering paste to the front face surface
The application of wallpapering paste depends on what type of wallpaper you choose. For non-woven wallpapers, you apply the wallpaper paste directly to the front face of the wooden step.
5 Pre-Cut wallpaper and mount
Cut the wallpaper according to your measurements and apply it using a spatula. Move from the inside out to let air escape and avoid bubbles.
For paper-based wallpapers, first cut the pieces of wallpaper, then apply the paste to the paper and let it soak according to the instructions on your wallpapering paste packaging. Applying the wallpaper to the step is exactly the same as with non-woven wallpaper types.
For step risers made of polished natural stone ike marble or granite, we recommend using double-sided adhesive tape as wallpaper paste will not stick to those surfaces. Apply the tape to the sides of the front face (see the image in our instruction How to decorate furniture with wallpaper), then carefully position the wallpaper piece onto one side and slowly move on to the other side, using a spatula to avoid air bubbles and creases.
6 Apply a layer of transparent latex paint to protect the wallpaper
As a finishing touch, the newly decorated steps are sealed with a layer of transparent latex paint. This ensures that your beautiful new stairs will remain untarnished for a long time, dirt can't stick to them and they are also protected against discolouration.
It also means that you can wipe the stairs with a wet cloth, as usual.