My inspiration was Megan's Greek key natural-fiber-looking runner purchased from Lowe's. Isn't it awesome? It would certainly bring some style to my sad, plain Jane stairway.
But the cost was a little disappointing. Turns out it's about $190 for the rug but about $550 for labor. Now, I do have a lot of stairs, and the price isn't totally excessive, but it's still more than I wanted to pay. And being such a DIYer, I'm always thinking, why not save money on labor and do this myself. How hard can it be to lay a rug down on wooden stairs? (My father, experienced do-it-yourselfer, says not a word but emphatically shakes his head no.)
My DIY plan, before I'd even investigate the Lowe's professional option, was to buy up a bunch of these runners from Ikea (at $24.99 each) and lay them down with the help of a carpet knife and carpet tape...or something (my plan did not get too specific ;-)
Then, because timing is everything and the blog world is awesome, I saw this on Jenny's blog yesterday:
Total, complete fabulousness! Now I am thinking whether I buy the Lowe's rug or the Ikea rug, I really can install it myself, with a carpet knife to fit to size where needed and carpet tape and nailheads to secure (and to look awesome!). All for around $200. So what are your thoughts? Do you forsee obstacles to this crazy DIY plan? Do I need a rug pad? If this were your home, what would you do?