Step-by-step guide to giving a vintage 'wallpaper' look to your stairs

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Our step-by-step guide to give a fabulous vintage wallpaper finish to your staircase! ๐ŸŒธ

A great weekend or bank holiday project!!

Either keep a uniform look with a matching look or maybe go for a 'mismatch' of wallpapers! Florals or stripes look amazing!!

You can often find wallpaper samples for free, so this is a really fabulous but budget idea! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’•

Follow our step-by-step guide to give your stairs a really original make-over!!!


1. Measure your stairs

2. Measure across the width and down the depth of one stair to get your dimensions

3. If you live in a older, more quirky cottage or home... ( lucky you!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’•) then do make sure you measure all the steps as older staircase can vary in size. Do measure at both ends of the step as the shape you will cut from the wallpaper, may not be a perfect rectangle and although characterful can make your measurements a little difficult to work with!

4.Lay out your wallpaper on a wallpaper table ( if you have one) or if not on your largest table area and add weights ( plant pots or saucepans or any heavy item will do for this )ย 

5. Make sure you have at least one straight edge on your wallpaper which hasn't been cut before, for ease

6. Using a tape measure with your DEPTH ย ( from top to bottom) of stair measurement, mark along the straight edge with a pen in intervals until you have roughly reached as far as your WIDTH. measurement ( this ensures you have an even depth )

7. Then measure out your width measurement and mark with a pen

8. Then mark the width again close to your straight edge to create a perfect rectangle shape

9. Using a rule or other measure implement, join up your marks to create your step wallpaper rectangle.

10. As you go along with your ruler make sure you overlap your edges you draw to keep the line straight, right across the width.

11. When joining the horizontal and vertical points it is really useful to have a measuring implement with a set square on it, although not absolutely necessary, as this makes sure you join up your marks as squarely and accurately as possible.

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12. Then simply cut out your shape with scissors. It helps to still have your weights on at this point, as the wallpaper will most definitely want to unravel!!

13. Next Step is to check the wallpaper shape fits your stairs, by laying it against the step

14. Then the messy bit! Wallpaper paste! In general a packet of wallpaperpaste is meant for masses of wallpaper so measure out roughly how much you think you will need by eye, dependant on how many stairs you have.

16. Use your plants pot or saucepan to hold the paper in place whilst you paste

17. Make sure your paste goes right up to the edges

18. It does help considerably if you can set yourself up to paste your wallpaper near to your stairs

19. Make sure the corners and the rest of your paper is really well pasted.

20. If you decide to change your paper, it's ok to leave one layer underneath and simply paste on top, but for perhaps third or subsequent wallpaper changes it would be best to remove the old wallpaper first

21. Once your paper is roughly in place, make sure you don't press down too hard until it is, or it may stick before correctly in place

22. Once you are sure it is in correct place, press down firmly with your hands or an old sponge to make sure it secure

23. Taaa daaa!!, all done.... ย That's pretty much it! other than to take all the compliments when your friends come round!!! ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’•โœ‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

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