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DIY Stair Runner

I have been wanting to do a stair runner ever since I first finished the stairs. (I wrote a post about that project here)  The problem with a stair runner is that I couldn’t find one that was both long enough and pretty enough.  I wondered if anyone had ever used floor carpet runners on their stairs and after a little googling I found out that some had!

Casey over at Loft & Cottage did her stairs using some runners from Ikea. Didn’t it turn out beautiful?

Loft & Cottage DIY Stair Runner

I was hoping for something with a little more drama like these stairs with a chevron pattern runner.



Since we’ve been saving for the kitchen renovation lately I haven’t even given our stairs a second thought.  Enter Marshalls.  Or should I say Emily entered Marshalls and found one gorgeous 2.6′ x 8′ navy and white Ikat runner (for $30!!!!) and fell in love and wondered where oh where was she going to find two more just like it.

I got a little desperate.  There may have been some Instagram, Twitter, Facebook begging going on. Maybe.

fb screenshot

The next morning I called no less than eight different Marshalls before finding the store that saved my life stairs! The nice man said he’d hold it for me until that afternoon.  After work I drove straight there.  I saw it sitting on the back counter waiting for me.  My heart went pitter patter. Okay, enough of the melodrama.  I went back to the rug section just to see if there was any way they’d have TWO of these beauties.  (For some reason it had escaped my mind to ask the man on the phone that morning if they had more than one–I guess I was just so excited someone finally said something other than “no, we don’t have anything like what you’re describing”.)  I couldn’t believe it, there was one more runner waiting just for ME!!

I really think I had have an emotional attachment to these things.  They are beautiful and affordable, how could I not?

I had read on many sites that a great way to make a rug/runner non-slip was to apply silicone caulk to the back of the rug.  I had some in the basement so it seemed like the easiest fix to me.  I grabbed the stuff and the runners and applied it like I saw in the pictures.  I took about 2 minutes to do all three!


That’s where the good news ends.

About 24 hours later Alex noticed a yellowing on the back of the carpets…right where the silicone was.  I’m talking highlighter yellow.  I frantically turned the runner over praying that it didn’t bleed through.  It did.  It’s only where the carpet is white, but it’s noticeable in day light.  We tried everything we could think of to get the stain out, but it was no good.  I ripped the silicone backing off and let it sit for a few days while I contemplated what I was going to do.

I just love these runners so much I couldn’t just not use them.  The yellowing faded slightly, but it’s not bad enough for me to abort the whole plan all together.

caulk caused yellowing on rug

Needless to say, I found another option to help the runner grip the stairs.


A few lot of staples later we had a runner on our stairs and I’m so glad I didn’t just give up!


(Excuse the bum shot)

navy Ikat stair runner

Some places there are no yellow marks at all…

navy Ikat stair runner

…and then there are other spots where it’s very evident.

navy Ikat stair runner

We spray painted the staples black before putting them in the staple gun so they’d blend in.  A Sharpie would work great too.

DIY navy Ikat stair runner

navy Ikat stair runner

navy Ikat stair runner

It took us a few hours, and we got really sweaty even though it didn’t seem like we were doing very hard work.















UPDATEJesus healed my runner and the highlighter-yellow stains from the caulk have completely disappeared!



















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