Simple Spring Staircase makeover


Let’s first start with an obvious question…..where the f&*k have I been?

Well. Nowhere really. I will make a very long story very very short. Our house is on the market and it’s been a process. A process I tell you. We didn’t tackle any projects at first because they make a mess, you disrupt the ‘viewing schedule’ and other silly reasons.

BUT! After living in a holding pattern we finally decided to continue on with little projects around the house that we want to do. Things that make us happy, make the house happy, and so here we are… the stair case.

old ikea runner staircase para paints

You’ll recall the stairs were a very early project for me in this house and I’ve been itching to update them for almost a year now. The original carpeting, now almost 6 years old, was getting a little grungy looking and wasn’t looking as fresh and tidy as it could be.

staircase sisal jute runner ikea white stairs

The trim got a fresh coat of paint (again) and I also opted to paint the stairs white this time to add even more brightness to the staircase. I am loving that decision! The white is so bright and fresh!

staple gun on sisal jute stair runner diy

If you follow along on my Instagram, you’ll know the BIG decision of this whole process was black tacks or brass tacks??? It was honestly quite a simple decision. I got both, gave it a test, and I immediately decided black. I then asked DH his thoughts – and before I finished asking he said BLACK!. He said it best, “the brass would look great but is a bit too feminine”. I couldn’t agree more! The black is a bit more classic, and really is the finishing touch the white stairs and natural runner needed.

sisal rug brass tacks black tacks carpet runner

I used three of Ikea’s Osted runners and the length couldn’t be more perfect – no cutting required:)

The whole project was quite inexpensive: $150 for the runner + $10 for tacks + $10 for heavy duty staples (box of 1000 – almost all used!) and took a few hours for painting and a few more for installation. Easy peasy!

And tadaa!!! Doesn’t it look fab?! So fresh and bright.

sisal jute rug ikea osted runner staircase diy black tacks

I even totally NAILED (punny!) the rounded step.

We are both very pleased with the end result:)


  1. by Laurie on April 13, 2018  5:43 pm Reply

    Looks amazing! Love the black and the white just makes it so fresh!

    • by Heather on April 15, 2018  10:05 am Reply

      Thanks so much Laurie:)

  2. by Robin Kay on April 14, 2018  7:56 am Reply

    Looks great Heather!

    • by Heather on April 15, 2018  10:05 am Reply

      Thanks Robin:)

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