Sunday, March 16, 2014

Project 2 ~ Refinishing the Stairs

Well Project 2 is finally finished.  This one was more difficult and took 
longer than I had anticipated.
The stairway is between two walls and is somewhat dark except when the early morning light comes in the window at the top of the stairs.  The stairs have been carpeted for the 25 years I've lived here.  This is how they looked when I started.
Here is a closeup of what I found after removing the carpet.
I used a heat gun to strip the layers of paint off of the side wood and the kick boards.  Then I patched all the staple holes with wall spackle.
  Next I sanded down the stair treads, stained, and finished them with two coats of polyurethane. I also removed the hand rail, sanded and repainted it.
Finally after painting and caulking, this is how they turned out.
What a vast difference and worth all the work.  I can say that now that they are finished.  During the process, I wasn't so sure of that.
View from the top of the stairs looking into the newly refinished hallway/cul de sac.
Here is a "Before and After" photo to show the difference.
The costs on this project came in way under $100 mostly because I already had the stain and poly from refinishing my hardwood floors.  But here is what I did spend:
White trim paint ~ $23.44
Sand paper ~ $8.54
Replace missing wood trim ~ $6.75
Frogtape ~ $10.55
Total ~ $49.28
I think I'll take a break before taking on Project 3, because this one combined with the time change, really wore me out.
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Stacey said...

Your stairway turned out beautiful! You are so lucky that there were real wood treads under the carpet. I know that took a zillion hours to accomplish but it was worth it. Way to go!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

It sounds like a huge job, but what wonderful results...they look amazing!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh the stairs look amazing. What a fabulous redo. Love them. Hugs, Marty

My Garden Diaries said...

Yep! This is amazing!!! The before and after on these stairs friend are UNBELIEVABLE!!!! All of your hard work shows in how beautifully they turned out! WOW! You just rocked this and you saved money all the while! I bet you just love looking at these now! Happy week to you friend! Nicole xoxo

Anonymous said...

That's a whole lot of elbow grease and you deserve a break between projects. The steps are awesome!

Debby said...

My steps look like your before picture. I have been waiting to paint. I had decided just to paint them all white. Now I don't know. You did such a nice job. Not sure I have thst much energy. Great job.

Linda@arichtapestry said...

You have been very busy during the time I've been away from blogging and I've loved catching up on all your projects around your home. Each one of your projects has given your home a beautiful new look. Have a relaxing week dear blog friend!

Art @ Home said...

Wow, your stairs look so pretty, and you had to of to a lot more trouble than I! We had to do your project going to our basement. We had REALLY NASTY carpet. SO happy to see it go!

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Christina McCall said...

I LOVE the new look of the stairs. I want to do the same thing, however one day I pulled back the carpet and the wood is not totally flush with the staircase. There is about a 1&1/2 inch gap....does anyone have any suggestions? I don't mind buying new plain wood stair treads and staining them the golden oak of the railing, then painting the other wood the same vanilla bean color as all of the other trim. I just am at a loss as how to have a staircase when the builders put in wood in place of a true tread that does not even go flush from one side of the stair to the other. Help!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Once again, I am so impressed with your work! Such a gorgeous result. You must be very satisfied with it. This is just not anything I would be inclined to do on my own. Fantastic!

A New England Life said...

Holy smoke, you did a great job! Beautiful results!!! The stairs look like brand new. I hope you're thrilled with the results, Cindy.

Susan - Uniquely Yours or Mine said...

You seriously make it sound easy, but I KNOW it was not, fabulous job I know you must love seeing those stairs now!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Wow, What an amazing transformation! The stairs turned out beautiful. I am a new follower.

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

Beautifully done! I love wood stairs. That's our next project.


Leslie Harris said...

I am having so much fun looking over your wood floor projects. Wow. I'm so impressed with your hard work and patience. The stairs look incredible and so does the living room floor. Now I'm off to see more of your kitchen. BTW, thank you for stopping by my blog and checking in. I always love hearing from you. :)
Leslie (aka Gwen Moss0

Jennifer Schmitz said...

Removing that carpet was the best thing for those stairs. It looks gorgeous now! I am pinning for future reference for when I do my staircase. (Your sides look just like mine)

Bill and Mary Glidden said...

Oh Cindy- I can't believe all the projects you have done since this Spring!!! Wow! Where are you getting all the energy!! We are still working on finishing the trim painting with what little time we have. I did get my detached sunroom back together after being full of booth items for about 2 years. Enjoy having one of the Bible Studies I have out there.

Your place is looking so very beautiful!

bee blessed

Nathan Riley said...

Wow! The transformation is just spectacular to behold. I really think the effort on that one is well worth it, basing on the amazing results. Kudos to you guys for that amazing project! Here's to hoping all your future home improvements be as equally successful.

Nathan Riley @ Steemer

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