Thursday, April 30, 2015

4 Fun & Quirky Ways to Reinvent Your Staircase

Staircases: we never quite linger on them, as we do in a sitting room, or in the kitchen, for instance. In a home, it is functional and often just that -- a passageway, a means to get from one point to the next. It's often overlooked when it doesn't serve as an accent piece in the architecture.

This doesn't mean that you can let it steep in such neglect or banality. There are fun and zany ways to spruce up your staircase, from using vintage fabrics to decals and chalk. Look to these suggestions to revamp your staircase and make it a talking point for your guests:



A makeover with fabric
All you'll need are some cleaning materials, measuring implements, liquid starch, scissors, and the fabric of your choice. Start by cleaning the stairs. Measure each riser and cut a rectangle of fabric for each, allowing for a 1- to 2-inch margin. Soak the fabric in liquid starch by dunking it in a bucket or basin. Apply the fabric on the riser, smoothing it out using your fingers. Let it dry and cut off the excess fabric at the edges. 



Using decals
A trend that surfaced recently, decals also provide a fairly affordable means to easily redecorate your staircase. Simply choose the design you want -- or have it made, at a printer -- and stick it on the riser on each step. 



Spray away with stencils
Stencils, too, are ultra-cheap. You can make a full set yourself with just some cardboard and a box cutter. Customize the stencil to your heart's content. Finally, using some spray paint, spray the design onto the risers on your staircase. Best place old newspapers or rags on the steps to prevent them from getting any paint.


Say something with chalkboards
Make a statement -- literally -- with each step you take. Use black chalkboard paint on the risers and paint your motto, life philosopy, or favorite quote using other colorful shades of chalk paint. Alternatively, you can also install actual chalkboards on the risers, and use colorful chalk for the words.

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