Wallpapered Stair Risers

Wallpapered Stair Risers

Crafting Time:
  • Varies
Skill Level:
  • Beginner
Project Courtesy of: Brewster

Additional Information



  • 1 roll of wallpaper pre-pasted or un-pasted (2 rolls if alternate designs)
  • 1 can of acrylic wallcovering primer
  • Paintbrush
  • 1 can of wallpaper paste/adhesive (if using unpasted wallpaper)
  • 1 quart of matte or gloss clear acrylic glaze
  • Household cleaner & sponge
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Wallpaper sponge and brush
  • Smoothing tool


1. With ruler, measure each stair riser separately as each stair could vary in size.
2. Using pencil, trace out each measurement on the back of wallpaper and cut to size with a pair of scissors. Read the wallpaper label to determine the exact pattern repeat, to ensure that each sheet remains proportional to one another.
3. Wash steps to make sure they are free of any dust or debris.
4. Apply a thin coat of primer to each stair riser and allow to dry. This helps the wallpaper stick to the surface better and easier to remove later.
5. If using un-pasted wallpaper, apply a thin coat of paste to each stair. Press the wallpaper onto each riser and even into place with a smoothing tool. If using pasted wallpaper, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on the correct booking time, and follow the same steps from above to apply. Allow wallpaper to dry.
6. Wipe away any excess paste with a sponge.
7. Apply a thin coat of glaze to protect stairs from future wear and tear.