As the mother of two boys (who regularly track mud in the house), I was on a mission to eliminate my twice weekly “vacuum the stairs” routine. I am always mindful of balancing functionality with beauty…which is often a difficult process. Ripping the carpet and painting the steps seemed like a good place to start; but when I finished, they looked plain. Part B of my plan was to stencil the rise for some visual interest. Then, I was really honest with myself, and realized that I don’t have the time or the energy for such a task. On a (weekly) trip to TJMaxx, I spotted chevron shelf liner on the clearance shelf. BINGO! Came home, measured for fit and VOILA! I think it’s perfect! What do you think?