As you can imagine, there is a lot of color in the Artsyville house. Most of the walls are drenched in one bright hue or another, save the hallways, which are painted milk white for 1) contrast and 2) to give everyone's eyes a rest in between the color blasts. I love scouting out colorful stuff for each room of our house. I love scattering colorful pieces everywhere. And I love random, spur of the moment crafting decisions where I go all in on something. That is what happened with our staircase.
One day I looked at our staircase and realized how boring it was. Nearby was my Scotch ATG (double sided tape applicator), and a couple of packs of handmade paper scraps from Blick from that were sitting there looking pretty but doing nothing useful. They both found their way into my hands, and soon I was patchworking my way up the stairs.
After the first piece I knew there was no going back. All the scraps were pre-cut in just the right size to patch the stairs. All I had to do was arrange and tape. It was way too easy, and with each step I felt a little thrill that I was getting away with something I wasn't supposed to do.
My family was wholeheartedly on board with this. They cheered with approval as I papered my way up the stairs. I stewed over whether or not to seal it with Mod Podge, but I didn't want a shiny finish, and I most definitely did not want to deal with removing it, so I left it au naturel & took my chances.
The finished staircase then...
...and today -- three years in! Very little damage. Just a few ripped pieces which I am replacing right now. With all the feet going up and down, I thought it would be decimated long before this, but the handmade paper has held up beautifully. It's the focal point of our entryway and brings us a load of visual joy every day. When the day comes to take it all down and leave, I will just open a bottle of Goo Gone and thank the stairs for their many years of service. If you want to make visitors' eyes pop when they come over to your house, this is a surefire way to do it!