Second Foyer Staircase Makeover, Filed Under: Decorating Ideas, Room Makeovers. I did every other step so we could get up and down still while they were a work in progress. Any suggestions for stairs that are pressboard under the carpet? Looks like a $2000 staircase to me, instead of a $50 one :) I’ve done some demolition projects in my house before and remember well! Yes I used conditioner. I used the traditional Minwax stain in the yellow can. I can tell how much work you must have put into that project and it looks like it was worth it! Fully open (no walls on side) 2. I have thought of doing this, and I must say your stairs are looking amazing! Did you use a sander, or did you sand it by hand? Hardwood stair images. Hi, You could put some paint stripper on the areas, let it sit and then remove it a stripping sponge. Seeing your before and after makes me want to go home and tear the carpeting off and start today! Apr 1, 2018 - This Pin was discovered by Julie Hopkinson. They are not even straight but all those things were hidden by the carpet and were non-issues. Hi Chris – We sanded them down as best we could – that did help, but we do still have a few staple holes. Here’s why, well first your work and the outcome are simply GOOOOOORGEOUS! Love it ;-). I can only use the hose on the stairs, and I doubt that the hose cleans really well! Once you get the carpet up this is what you will see. I wouldn’t have to use all the attachments for the vacuum to do the steps. If so, what ratio? :( did you sand between your poly applications? <3, Hi Adrianne – Did you have any problems with the tape on the stained finish? Baluster The smaller vertical pieces in the balustrade that help support the handrail – also called spindles, pickets or uprights. You are a great help! What a glorious makeover. Hardwood surface stairs, while they look amazing, can be deadly. I am so going to tackle my own ugly carpeted steps. mine does not, just flat wall. x 23.5 In., 8 In. It took a while from start to finish because we had to order slats for the landing. If you have hardwood stairs and have the same concerns, you can easily install a carpet runner which can look great. The wood seems pretty solid…. Fixing a ripped carpet while the tear is small can prevent accidents and keep the damage from spreading. DIYers of any skill level can add color and comfort to stairs. Any suggestions about how to solve the problem where the steps and risers do not meet the wall. EACH TREAD IS 24" wide x 8" deep. I would love to do this to our. If I did pull up the carpeting, my DH will have a fit (did this in last house, only in the closet, saw that maple flooring was underneath, and proceeded to rip out ALL the carpeting in hallway/livingroom … tossed on front lawn … hubby came home from work …. The paint on the risers is sort of out of the way. The most important part of how to refinish stairs that were carpeted is as always cleaning the stairs thoroughly before applying any product. I think the carpet must of been sucking up the light, who would of known! It would be so time-saving! I’m SO FREAKIN’ IMPRESSED I could SCREEEEEAM- well it’s why I am screaming (LOL) ! Use a hammer to make sure the carpet sticks back into the tack stripping. I would read the directions on the can to see if the recommend a sealer. Now we are used to it and the aesthetic value far outweighs the noise factor for us. I didn’t want to go to the time and expense to change out the treads on my staircase, but if you have the skills and the means I would go for getting oak. Thank you for your wonderful blog about your stair project. I have the same stairs with the rug and have wanted to have this done but I know it would be expensive. To these stairs were just waiting for the right set of hands to manipulate them into something gorgeous. Those look fantastic…looks like what I’m going for. In addition to that, he does not have that much patience doing this time consuming kind of work. If you have not seen this type of vinyl recently, it looks like real wood. Just moved to a new house…same pine stairs w/ bullnose and decorative moldings on side. I have been wanting to pull up the carpet for that past 5 years. Note: I do not want to put in a stair nose because the stairs already have a square bullnose/lip. Stairs with storage underneath; 3. Thank you so much. Turn the carpet upside down, and snap a chalk line on each side so that the distance between the chalk lines is equal to the width of the runner. This is so beautiful and how kind of you to still be answering questions about this project so many years later! I have to ask with the sanding did you do it by hand or with a electric sander? If you are afraid to commit, try the stain on a scrap piece of wood that is the same type of wood as your stairs to see how the color will look. The individuals can discuss their requirements with them and get an idea of the hardwood stairs cost in Burlington. It used to be antique white. Could you tell your steps were rounded under the carpet? So I saw your post and it lead me to tear off a piece of my carpet on my stairs. Beautiful job! Fixing a ripped or torn carpet is essential because loose carpet tears easily. Using the scissors, cut the plastic sheet into strips that are about 12 inches wide. My husband just removed the carpet and all the nails on the staircase in our new house. Best DIY project ever! Help!! I imagine it could work, but I doubt my subfloor is in good enough shape to try this. It helps make the stain go on nice and even. I never could make it work for me on other projects so I’m just going to go with the “natural” look. Once I got all the staples out with a paint of needle nose pliers and a lot of muscle, the edges were pretty chewed up. I also have 2 cats and have no idea how I would keep them away… How did you? Wow! It is best to add 6 inches to your measurement so you have a 3-inch buffer at each end of your stairs. I have seen staircases with non-bullnose steps (squared-off) but I do not think it looks as nice. Well – my mind is trying to absorb all of this. Please send a reply after viewing my video: I primed the trim first with Glidden Gripper since the previous antique white was oil-based paint. Carpeted stairs to second floor landing. I do believe I will start slowly. Follow the directions on the label in terms of re-coating times and the temperature of room when applying. x 36 In. Love it! Seeing your result is the push I needed. your own Pins on Pinterest Hi Diane, Why did I wait so long to reveal your hidden beauty? You did a tremendous job. YUCK. I would take a peek under your carpet as you may be surprised to find bullnose. I would love to do this. Buy a few small cans of stain to find the one that matches the best. Beautiful job Diane. Cut them 1.5 inches narrower than the width of the steps to be carpeted. I wanted them darker and chose the darkest color of grain from the hardwood in my foyer. I LOVE what you’ve done, my stairs have been bugging me for years too. Cut a piece of two-by-four to a length of 4 inches. Even if you’re determined to carpet the stairs on your own, you should still meet with an expert. I’m currently done with all the staining and poly and wondered how long you waited before putting tape on the stained stairs? It took me a long time, but that was only because I only did a little bit each night, then the holidays came around and I put the project on hold. Go slow, pay attention, and ALWAYS use the handrail. Stairs can be very dangerous , no matter how they are finished – I have slipped and fallen several times on carpeted stairs! Thanks! The Pursuit of Handyness is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to The dark stain did the rest. Here is a link to one site: I bought Minwax stains in a few different colors and some pine boards since my steps are wood. They are lovely. Any suggestions to remove it? Any suggestions? Hi Sarah – Yes – Prime first. Rose. 1: You can use a small piece of sandpaper or even a tip of a razor blade or X-Acto knife and see if you can remove the areas with paint on them. Hi Alia – If you are going to stain the steps, then do not put wood filler or putty in them. How did you sand in between the spindles? Gripper teeth keep treads in place. Giving a symmetrical appearance to your carpeted stairs is a goal. I did the staining paint over the course of about 5 days. My staircase is very ugly w/ chipped plywood. My treads have white paint on the sides where they painted the surrounding trim. House bathroom with shower/tap mixer, WC & basin, tiled floor, partially tiled walls. If it is humid where you live you may want to wait longer. Absolutely stunning! This is because, in addition to having to decide on carpet style and color, the carpet has to be of appropriate durability and thickness to be installed on the stair. Beautiful, just beautiful!! Would that look weird? Still, it is difficult to completely clean carpeted stairs. They look very nice and I am still thrilled at how they came out. Hi Nancy – We, my husband really…:-) he sanded them off with an electric hand sander and 100 grit sandpaper finished up with 220 grit to smooth after all paint was removed. But these are unwieldy and difficult to move up and down the stairs. I have a hand sander…and the same soft pine wood. Saw you on Thrifty Decor Chick … your stair makeover is amazing. Hello, This summer removed the carpet from my stairs one night while my husband was at work. Wow Diane that is stunning!! We did this project over a full weekend and two additional weeks nights following. Get my latest posts, insider tips and more by email. amazing! Paint stairs. Hi Norman – Minwax sells stainable wood putty now that would be perfect for you to use. Having oak treads would be great. What do you recommend ? I found that stripes about 8 ft long were easy to handle without getting tangled. We have carpeting in the whole house (ugh) but I think the carpeting on the stairs are the dirtiest. My kids are grown, but I do have two dogs and a cat who constantly go up and down on them. :-). it sounds like a project more homeowners should tackle… the results are so worth it! Thank you for whatever suggestions you have. It was pieced where the fist step ended, and the riser for the 2nd step started. You can see the carpeted bullnose at the top of the staircase in the photos. Now I can. They look absolutely amazing and elegant! Wow, thank you for the inspiration! Again a great job! I want to do this but am wondering if we also remove the carpet on the landing or leave it and if we would stain that or paint it white if we removed? And I plan to get a puppy. In your pictures it looks like you did not take all of the paint off of your treads before staining. It would fit right on top of the 90 degree angle of the step and would be level with the hardwood. Oh my goodness, I just stumbled across your blog today and fell in love with your staircase! I thougyT I had to keep everything the same color as on the main floor, but maybe I can do a mediun stain like yours on the steps AND second floor too.

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