Large gaps between the wall molding and steps/risers

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Q: We took rugs off our stairs. There are large gaps between the wall molding and steps/risers. Also, the risers aren’t wood, so we will probably paint them the color of the off-white trim. Evidently, the steps never slid into the wall molding like most steps and now my husband wants to put trim on each step to fill in the gap. The gaps are all uneven. We are disagreeing about this because I think it will look too tacky. I told him to leave it alone and that’s the beauty of an old home, but he doesn’t want to.

A: The best way to fix gaps in molding along stairs is to open the wall/ceiling behind the steps and knock the risers back into place. It is likely that the risers have moved over years of being kicked. This would also afford opportunity to tighten up the treads or steps. It wouldn’t cost much to close the wall back in after. A couple of sheets of drywall and a bucket of compound.

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