Basement stairs Stencil the Stairs Personalize ordinary wood stairs with stencils. These stair treads were painted with homemade stencils using floor-and-deck enamel. For safety, avoid high-gloss paints and finishes that may be slippery.
Cut wood to fit your staircase risers and then paint & stencil to your heart's content. Glue them on afterwards in the order you'd like and voila! -- much easier than stenciling in place on the stairs.