Lets talk about the most exciting thing you can buy for your house... STAIR TREADS!! (JK they are boring as hell) When I moved in my dad and I talked about getting new stair treads. I think we both had a different idea in mind. He just wanted to replace the old ones with something similar. The old stair treads were a dark brown hard plastic and didn't add much to the stairs. They were all breaking off and more slippery than the actual stairs.
My stairs also have these great gold dust catchers in the corners but this also limited what size treads I could have with out covering those up.
After 100+ years the stairs have a lot of "character." Painting over wood in my family is basically seen as murder. If I even asked to do that my dad would die of a heart attack. I looked at all the pretty ideas of painting stairs and realized it would never be allowed. Back to looking at stair treads I went...
As you can see from the picture above "pretty" stair treads are not really a thing. If you can tell from the way I decorate my house all the options above were not going to work for me. Except for maybe the ones on the bottom left but those are even a little too busy for me. After looking everywhere I some how ended up on Home Depot's site. WHY HAD I NOT GONE THERE BEFORE?! I just don't know, could have saved myself a year of searching for the perfect stair treads.
I actually ordered 1 set of 4 to start with
a. to try them out
b. they were expensive so I wanted to make sure they worked before I bought 13 of them.
c. make sure they weren't too white in person because I have two animals that destroy nice things.
They quiet my house ten fold and hopefully will help with the dust issues I have with these stairs. I also got double side carpet hold tape to keep them in place.
I ended up buying the (boring) box pattern. Some things don't need to be elaborate and difficult. Stair treads is one of those items. This "white" is not a bright plain white. It is a slightly marbled light gray and white and won't show quick wear and tear. They also have a heavy duty plastic backing, these are for sure nicer than I thought they would be.
I still need to trim the bottom tread to fit the weird door way but man-o-man I've never been in love with something so boring and simple in my life. They brighten up the stairs (which is always needed) and really make it more of a comfy home. Hardwoods are nice but sometimes in the morning my feet would be cold (I know this sounds dumb).