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    Staircase Makeovers That Most Any DIYer Can Tackle

    When it comes to DIY home improvement, usually the staircase gets overlooked. Yet if you take a second look at your stairs, you’ll see that they can really make a difference in the appearance of your home.

    What are some ways you can spruce up those old stairs and bring up the appeal to potential buyers?

    These DIY staircase projects can get you started.

    The Look of Tile Using Stencils

    You can’t beat the look and classic feel of black and white. And there’s no material more dignified than tile.

    You don’t need to get a loan to cover each riser in custom tile. You can get some paint and a stencil for the same effect.

    If you have a longer staircase, consider stenciling every other riser. You want to delight climbers, not make them dizzy.

    A Pretty Pattern With Chalk Paint

    A personalized staircase doesn’t need to take over the interior design of the house.

    You can use chalk paint to give your stairs a soft, subtle look. The pretty pattern is unique enough to feel custom, but the light colors and chalky finish prevent it from overpowering the room.

    And here’s a tip for any time you’re painting a staircase: Consider leaving the banister unpainted for a nice pop of contrast.

    An Eclectic Look With Real Tile

    You can also use tile to give your stairs a great look and offer more durability.

    Creating alternating sets of pattern and complementary colors on each riser makes for a one-of-a-kind staircase that’s anything but redundant. While trimming tile to fit stair risers might be above some DIYers’ pay grade, this personalized look could be worth flagging down an expert to pull off.

    A Way to Show Off Your Reading Obsession

    Have a specific obsession? Decals are a great way for your staircase to share your fandom.

    Peel-and-stick decals can be customized with your choice of words or images. Bibliophiles can choose book titles like these, but thanks to the wide world of available decals, you can also find favorite sayings, patterns, characters. Just make sure not to do this if you plan on selling your home soon. This is for those of you who want to customize a home you plan to stay in for a while or just bought.

    When working with decals, just make sure to read the fine print. These decals, for example, are just the lettering of the book titles, so painting the risers is a project you’d need to take on first.

    A Stair Runner Out of Floor Runners

    Standard stair runners are as snooze-worthy as the stairs they cover. Don’t settle if you can’t find one that makes your heart dance.

    ouble-check you’ve picked a rug that’s narrower than your stairs. Rugs come in such a blinding variety of dimensions, it’s easy to pick the wrong one.

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