DIY Staircase Remodel

In my house, the staircase is the first thing you see when you come in. My stairs wasn’t in bad shape to begin with which was nice. However, I wanted something bold. I wanted to create a “WOW factor” if you will. Something that makes you say, “Dang that’s different and cool!” So, one day I was walking in Home Depot and I saw these vinyl peel and stick floor tiles. Then it was like a light bulb went off. It was a super easy, durable (and cheap) option.


  1. Vinyl floor tiles – $15/box of 10 tiles X 5 = $75
  2. Utility knife – $8
  3. Tape measurer – $5 (I already had)
  4. Vinyl floor adhesive – $15
  5. 1 quart of black paint = $22

TOTAL = $125

My stairs already had wood treads and iron balusters, so an update wasn’t super needed. However, I’m so in love with the way this turned out. Also, it was super easy! 🙂

Step 1. Clean the stairs. Make sure all the dust and debris is all gone.

Step 2. Prep your area. I have painted so much now that I don’t need to tape off areas. I’m pretty good with keeping it in the lines. But if you need to use masking tape go ahead and mask off areas that don’t need paint.

Step 3. Paint the stair railings and posts. I did 2 coats. I used Behr paint color called Limousine Leather in the satin finish. I recommend getting a satin or gloss finish since this is a high traffic area. Matte paints chip easier.

Step 4. Applying the vinyl floor tiles. First thing you want to do is measure the height of your stairs. For my stairs, it took 4 tiles per step. I started right to left. You want to make sure you do each step in the same direction and pay attention to how the design goes. Use your measure tape and mark the spot on tile. Then cut the tile with your utility knife. I used a leveler to make sure it was straight and level. You will make the cut then bend the tile so it pops into 2 pieces.

Step 5. Apply the adhesive. So these tiles already have adhesive backing. However, these tiles are standing up and not laying down on the floor. So, to make sure gravity doesn’t take it you will apply vinyl adhesive.

AND THAT’S IT FOLKS! It is super easy and affordable! Here is a little tip though. After I cut my first piece I kept it to use as a guide for my next piece so I didn’t have to measure height for every floor tile. I would lay it on top of new piece so I knew where to cut also it made sure it was straight every time. I’m so in love with it! I feel like it brings so much style to the space and gives a great first impression when you walk into my house. 🙂