Hi folks, first post here.
My wife and I are putting laminate on a small flight of 5 stairs in our house leading from the entranceway into the dining room. We stripped the old linoleum from the stairs so it was down to bare wood. For the treads we did laminate, but we wanted the risers to be painted white.
Unfortunately the original wood was full of knots and looked horrible even after several rounds of sanding/priming/painting. So we decided to take a thin piece of plywood and attach it to the face of the risers, and then prime and paint that. We did that and it looks fabulous, but now I've got a problem
Now the stair tread is just slightly smaller due to the extra plywood on the face of the risers. I've found myself hitting my heel against the risers and leaving marks. I can adjust the way I walk down the stairs so my heels don't rub, but I'm worried about guests and such.
So...long story leading to a simple question...Is there any sort of protective coating or varnish I can paint onto the risers that would protect them from scuff marks, etc.? I really have no idea if that would even work or if it would just be easier to wash the paint if there are scuffs...Please help, I'm new to all this DIY stuff.