Customize Your Staircase With This Quick and Easy DIY

Hey Friends,

I am excited to share this fun wallpaper project with you and the best part is that it took less than 3 hours to install! I LOVE a good DIY project, especially when it can be completed in one night!

For this project, I teamed up with Tempaper Designs to install removable wallpaper to the stair treads of an old Victorian home in the Old West End of Toledo. If you are totally into this removable wallpaper trend right now like me, I highly recommend this product. They have so many design options and the installation was a piece of cake.

The Tempaper Design product is a self adhesive, repositionable removable fabric wallpaper that simplifies the installation process and eliminates the gluey mess that comes with your standard wallpaper product. While we applied the wallpaper to stair treads, they have fabulous options for a full room installation, a bold accent wall, or any other smooth surface that needs a little flair. You can check out all of their design options on their site (here) and even watch a tutorial on how to install without any fuss!

The homeowners of this house, Jackie and Jeff, have an eclectic style and the design in their home is filled with unexpected and fun decor (You can check out a full tour of their Victorian home here).  Last month, Jackie looked through all of the pattern options and decided on the whimsical Medieval Toile border wallpaper. It was the perfect choice for the space and their personalities.

Tempaper Designs Medieval Toile Wallpaper

Staircase Before:

The servant's staircase had dark green trim paint that made the space feel dark and old. Jackie and Jeff painted the trim a crisp white to better compliment the wallpaper going on the treads and to brighten up the dark hallway.

Servants staircase before the wallpaper installation.

Tools Required for this Project:

  • Tempaper Wallpaper

  • Tempaper Squeegee (included in the purchase of the wallpaper)

  • Measuring tape

  • Utility Knife

  • Ruler - we used this to mark a straight line when cutting the wallpaper

  • Scissors

Tempaper wallpaper installation tools

How to Install Removable Wallpaper on your Stairs:


Measure the stair treads to cut the wallpaper.  We added about a half an inch to our measurement for any potential measuring mistakes and then cut off the overhang with the utility knife. The Medieval Toile is a border wallpaper which was almost a perfect fit, height-wise, on the stairs. This saved us a lot of time with cutting! Jackie measured and cut the wallpaper length while I took the lead on the installation.

Measure your stair treads and pre-cut the wallpaper for each step.


I will admit that it took me a few tries to find the best process for installing this border, but once I figured it out, the rest of the treads were a breeze to install. I found it easiest to fold a small section of the backing and attach it to one side of the tread. If you pull off too much of the backing at once it can be challenging to keep the wallpaper straight and wrinkle free.

To install the wallpaper, I pulled a small piece of the backing off and began putting the wallpaper in place.


Use the Tempaper squeegee to smooth out bubbles and creases as you pull off the backing and apply the remainder of the wallpaper.

Installing Tempaper wallpaper on the servants staircase using the squeegee.


Use a sharp utility knife to cut off the wallpaper overhang.

Use a utility knife to remove excess wallpaper.

Make sure the utility knife razor is sharp - if it is a little dull, it can be challenging to cut the overhang without pulling on the wallpaper you want to keep in place.

Removing the excess wallpaper with a utility knife.


Crack a beer and cheers to your beautiful new staircase! 

Staircase After:

I absolutely love how this turned out and more importantly, the homeowners LOVE how their updated back staircase!

DIY wallpaper installation on your stairs using Tempaper Designs wallpaper.

The white paint brightened up the back hallway and the whimsical wallpaper is the perfect unexpected touch as you walk up the stairs.

Tempaper removable wallpaper on stair treads.

I love a good side by side before and after shot and these photos below really capture how this quick DIY brightened up the back portion of this old Victorian home.

Staircase before

Staircase after

I hope this tutorial helps you take the leap to try out that fun and funky removable wallpaper project that has been sitting on your DIY pinterest boards. Don't forget to send me pictures of your installations, I would love to see how they turned out!