Pine Stairs Renovation with Tile Risers

using Mexican style tiles

 

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Rafael Sanches avatar
Rafael SanchesPublished on 5/5/2016

My wife Silvia had this vision of intercalating Mexican style tiles to renovate our stairs. The result was quite amazing and we get a lot of compliments about it.

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What you will need

TOOLS

Tile cutter ($20 should work)

Orbital Sander

Vacuum cleaner

Gum rubber grout float

INGREDIENTS

Tile spacers

40 grit sand paper

Arm-r-seal urethane top coat

Seal-a-cell clear

3 tubes Liquid nails

Grout

White caulking

How to do this project

1

How it was before

Clean and remove the dust of the old looking stairs.
Clean and remove the dust of the old looking stairs.

Clean and remove the dust of the old looking stairs.

2

After sanding

Sand the threads with 40 grid paper.

Sand the threads with 40 grid paper.

3

Tried to just paint but gave up

We did the mistake of painting white first, then changed the mind to use tiles on the risers. In any case, it looks very good already in white.

We did the mistake of painting white first, then changed the mind to use tiles on the risers. In any case, it looks very good already in white.

4

Cut tiles to fit

Cut the tiles to fit in the risers. This tool shouldn't cost more than $20.

Cut the tiles to fit in the risers. This tool shouldn't cost more than $20.

5

Glue tiles

Stick the glue in the back of the tile and spread.

Stick the glue in the back of the tile and spread.

6

Use spacers

Use the plastic spacers in between the tiles. You might need to use a spacer under the tiles depending on your riser size.
Use the plastic spacers in between the tiles. You might need to use a spacer under the tiles depending on your riser size.

Use the plastic spacers in between the tiles. You might need to use a spacer under the tiles depending on your riser size.

7

Intercalate

Intercalate with multiple tile designs. This photo also shows how the wood would look if we hadn't applied an oil base finish. You might achieve this look with an water base satin coat.

Intercalate with multiple tile designs. This photo also shows how the wood would look if we hadn't applied an oil base finish. You might achieve this look with an water base satin coat.

8

Apply wood sealer

Apply the first coat of oil base seal-a-cell. Look the difference of color in the photo below.

Apply the first coat of oil base seal-a-cell. Look the difference of color in the photo below.

9

Apply top coat

Go through 3 coats of arm-r-seal. That's the recommended from the can.

Go through 3 coats of arm-r-seal. That's the recommended from the can.

10

Voila

Here's the final project. It was very easy and cheap.

11

Without grout

This is how it looks without the grout.
This is how it looks without the grout.

This is how it looks without the grout.

12

Apply grout

Grout it. We used the premixed, ready to use.
Grout it. We used the premixed, ready to use.

Grout it. We used the premixed, ready to use.

13

Apply silicone on sides

For the sides we used white silicone.

For the sides we used white silicone.

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Hafiz. Hmr avatar
Hafiz. Hmr10/7/2016 ☰
It's really really amazing,
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Abdul Karim avatar
Abdul Karim10/8/2016 ☰
Very good
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Tame Howard avatar
Tame Howard3/10/2017 ☰
That is a one of a kind piece of artwork. I love it! I wish I could have seen a side by side photo of the pre-"finished"stairs w/no grout or caulking on the stairs, as well as removing the spacers. Making all the tile flush w/one another & not have such clean lines. I don't know if it's ok 2 not use grout, etc but mayb seal it w/a clear coat so the tiles stay still. I feel the brightness of the white takes a tad bit away from that lovely wood. But maybe not. But I 😍😍 it either way. Great job!
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