When you have a stairway with lots of damage, you have to be ready to deal with lots of repair.
Or you have to get creative.
In our case, we got creative. We chose to install a type of board and batten on the staircase to create an upscale look, and to avoid all the wall repair that would have otherwise been necessary. Plus, there were a lot of the different (ugly) textures on the wall.
In the past week, Ryan got almost everything installed in the staircase, and I think it’s going to look super nice when it’s a crisp, clean white.
But I will say that it was a lot of work for him. That’s a lot of boards to install.
The pine “batten” boards cover the seams of the plywood underneath. I really like the grid look.
And it creates some visual interest on a pretty boring and closed-off stairway.
(As an aside, the process was very similar to our board and batten installation in our dining room. It’s still one of our most popular posts. Check it out if you are interested in our steps and tips.)
What do you think of the wall treatment?