Before and After. DIY Stairway Redesign. So easy. Step 1. Remove old carpet. (This is the hardest part, try not to get poked from the old tacks. Be careful!) Step 2. Paint steps. (You can do 1 color for easy, half the time painting, or alternate 2 colors on the rise and run. I alternated white and an espresso brown paint that matches my redone furniture. Regular interior paint will do as it's just the edges that aren't walked on.) Step 3. Staple on runners. (Shown is 3 runners from Target.)
Nail polish remover can be used to remove latex paint from carpeting. Some sites warned that it would damage my carpeting but I see no evidence of damage after getting many paint spots out of my daughters carpet. A bottle of this costs less than one dollar .