Are you ready for this super simple tutorial for how to wallpaper your staircase?! I am excited to share this fun 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 it to stair risers, they have fabulous options for a full room installation, a bold accent wall, or any other smooth surface that needs a little flair.
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. 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 project and their personalities.
The servant’s stairway 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 design going on the risers and to brighten up the dark hallway.
STEP 1 | Measure the Stair Risers
When measuring the risers, we added about half an inch to the measurement for any potential errors and then cut off the overhang with the utility knife. The Medieval Toile is a border style that was almost a perfect fit, height-wise, on the stairs. This saved us a lot of time cutting! Jackie measured and cut the paper while I took the lead on the installation.
STEP 2 | Attach the Wallpaper
I will admit that it took me a few tries to find the best process for installing this border. The easiest way I found to install the wallpaper was by peeling off about an inch of the backing and attaching it to the tread. Once one side was attached, I slowly worked my way across the step pulling off the backing and smoothing the paper against the tread.
As soon as I figured out that technique, the rest of the risers were a breeze to install. Removing the backing a little bit at a time really helped to keep it wrinkle-free.
STEP 3 | Smooth Out Bubbles
Use the Tempaper squeegee to smooth out bubbles and creases as you pull off the backing and apply the remainder of the paper.
STEP 4 | Remove Excess Wallpaper
Use a sharp utility knife to cut off any overhang.
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.
STEP 5 | Celebrate a Successful DIY!
Crack a beer and cheers to your beautiful new stairway! I absolutely love how this turned out and more importantly, the homeowners LOVE their updated back steps!
The white paint brightened up the back hallway tremendously. The whimsical design is the perfect unexpected touch as you walk up the stairs.
Here is a reminder of what it looked like before…
And here is how it looks after…
- Tempaper Wallpaper
- Tempaper Squeegee (included in the product purchase)
- Measuring tape
- Utility Knife
- Ruler – we used this to mark a straight line when cutting the paper
I hope this tutorial helps you take the leap to try that project that has been sitting on your DIY Pinterest board. Don’t forget to send me pictures of your installations, I would love to see how they turned out!
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