I will let you in on a little secret (two in fact). I HATE CARPET and I have a fear of color commitment. On this project I took the plunge and made the commitment.
My stairs have been through a few changes since our original move in date in 2008. Originally my stairs were carpeted. (WHY? Really, Why?) and I spotted a post about ripping carpet off stairs and redoing the wood underneath. Unfortunately the wood underneath were rough 2x10s. So I had to rip those off, and I replaced the treads and risers with pine treads from Lowes. I stained them- and forbade the kids to walk on them for a few hours- this was an epic fail because I found little girl foot prints on the stairs. While adorable- not what I was going for but toooo late. I lived with this for a few years. I cannot find pictures from before- sorry- I remember having them but what can you do?
When we got a unusually large tax refund one year- I bought Brazilian Koa laminate for the front rooms, craft room, gameroom, sparebedroom, and the matching treads for the stairs. The treads are gorgeous. For the landing I used the laminate, and a matching stair nose. – now I hate hate hate raised threshholds and I was going to have to do this for the stair noses and I said “No Way, Jose” and hacked it myself. Using glass tile and cement backer board, I used 1 line of tile as a transition. I love it and it looks beautiful.
That is where my color commitment came in- I went with a glass tile from Floor & Decor that came in aqua, grey, white, in a mix of glass and stone. This means I need to pull that blue in in other design elements. I used the same tile to transition between flooring in the hall and gameroom, the hall and Itai’s room, and the hall and the craft room. I am so glad I did- no raised threshholds to scrape across between rooms!
Okay- back to the stairs-
A year went by while I exercised my fear of laying tile on a vertical surface and I finally decided to pay someone to install it for me on the stair risers. So happy with the finished project- it has been two years and still looks awesome.
sorry this pic is fuzzy- I will try to get a better pic soon.