Did you sand all the paint off? What a great revamp of the staircase! Yes, carpet is everywhere and I want to remove all of it. I am going to redo my staircases as well — I am going to follow your instructions — this is great — thanks much for this wonderful post. Excellent advice, thank you! If you look closely at the photo of my foyer in this post you can see the carpet. What did you do to get the white paint off the edges of the pine boards? Hi Monika – My top landing has bullnose on it already. Saw you on Thrifty Decor Chick … your stair makeover is amazing. Trim Carpet to Size Roll out the length of carpet needed to run the length of the stairs and cut it approximately 3" wider than the finished runner will be. Painted Staircase Makeover with Seagrass Stair Runner Tutorial. I have moved from this house. Thank you for making me believe I could do this myself! I did not have any problems with the Frog Tape bringing the finish up. Are the stairs slippery? Hi Debbi – The method I used to refinish my staircase would work the same for your steps. Love the look, love the ease of cleaning (no vacuum to lug up and down), love the safety of non-carpeted steps. Help!! Now they are a mess all the time. :) We’ve pulled carpet off our stairs before and it was a pain but so worth it in the end! Thanks for this post! I am trying to convince my husband that we could do the same thing. Carpet Runner. I had no clue about that stuff that makes the pine take the stain better. I don’t want a dark, but not a light either. The paint color on the walls in my foyer is one of the Ben Moore Pottery Barn colors called Edgecomb Gray # HC-173. We have oak staircase that’s stained and just poly’d, it’s very yellowed thru the years and just needs a makeover. The stain also looks much darker when you first apply it, when it dries it does lighten up slightly. I’m letting you know in advance as I’ll be out of town during the party and will be unable to notify you on Thursday. I don’t think caulk will absorb the stain. They looked just fine. Go slow, pay attention, and ALWAYS use the handrail. Well worth the effort. Here’s why, well first your work and the outcome are simply GOOOOOORGEOUS! I did everything you told me to and I am so happy I did. I put post- it notes on the steps that could be stepped on, just  in case we forgot which steps were safe. It’s beautiful !!! I would do this exact staircase makeover immediately if we moved into another house that had carpeted cover stairs. Your stairs look amazing! You have inspired me to tackle my own staircase. Cleaning carpeted stairs usually means using a handheld vacuum. I am sure you will enjoy them each and every time you go up or down! Hi Diane, The one I used to fill some bigger staple holes didn’t take the stain well on my steps. Thanks so much for sharing! Your stairs make me want to do mine NOW. How did you remove the “Overspray” of the white paint the builder left behind on the stair treads that were to be stained? I would not do half the step, you would see a line for sure. Thankfully these pics are a bit out of focus because the stains are horrible. But your suggestions , have motivated me to DIY. I have similar staircase amd wood floors, so my fear is contrasting strain colors amd if it will be too dark. Any suggestions about how to solve the problem where the steps and risers do not meet the wall. Take a peek, you may be surprised. Well, since my husband was out of the house I looked at my son and said “we can do this” and so, we started. But secondly I have been pricing this service (stair reno and floors) it’s $1800 for JUST the stairs. I don’t want to put trim up, down and around all of the 15 steps. Carpeted stairs require frequent and laborious maintenance. I literally at each step was like “Oh, I could do that!”. I don’t want there to be any sort of “line” that will show through. Wow! I hope this makes sense. Thanx. Why did you wait so long??? I don’t have a tutorial on that. I’m so glad you are back. http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Cleverlyinspired/167658409911388, What a lot of work…that totally paid off! The stairs in new homes typically are not as steep as older homes and if there is a landing half way that seems to help my dogs. Hanging out with TDC!!! Clean off the grit and then add a thin coat of Polyshades. It is just the right sheen, not too shiny, but has a little reflection and easy to wipe clean. How did you separate the carpet from the upstairs? Happy to hear you didn’t listen to the naysayers :). Here is a link to one site: http://oakwoodveneer.com/veneer/pine.html Did you use an electric sander for the steps? Oh wow, those turned out beautiful! The dog we kept in our mudroom that has a gate so she could not get out. The main bath and shower, in fact, are also built below the primary staircase. La. It comes with sandpaper on it, but you should also get extra sandpaper if they still make it. You should be very proud of yourself, you go girl! So envious of your beautiful new staircase! Hi. Shannon Shown and discussed in this five page series is a collaboration of how an engineered plank was installed on a roughed framed wood substrate, or the actual surface once the carpet and padding is … Hi Diane, Thanks! what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. Stain the steps & paint on the risers. I want to start tonight…but it is almost midnight :( Great job!!! We do have that soft pine but our steps turn and where the landing is, they used a piece of subfloor-yuck. your own Pins on Pinterest Heidi Be Happy Today! I am considering tiling the riser as a more durable alternative, but this would be more expensive and time consuming than paint. Thank you! You could use poly over the paint to help protect it – just make sure it is non-yellowing poly so that your white risers don’t change to yellow. Available in a variety of different colors, patterns, sizes and quantities to suit your needs. I love your new stairs! It would be so time-saving! I looked through the comments and unless I missed it, I didn’t see how many coats of stain you did. If you have nail holes still on your steps after sanding, you can fill them with Minwax Stainable Wood Filler. If it is nice plywood without too many holes and or knots, you could just stain it. Paint stairs. We went with a glossy black for the steps and white risers- they turned out very classy looking. But the final product was worth it. DIY Nasty Carpeted Stairs Removal. Carefully unroll the vinyl runner so it goes up and over the next step. They just sort of waterfall down. The dark stain did the rest. Bravo. Thanks for sharing your DIY. I’m about to do the same, and found pine wood steps with bullnose.the steps have little cracks or lines besides the staple holes did you have to puddy anything? Shannon I was right. What are your thoughts? I have a hand sander…and the same soft pine wood. The whole time I could see tiny little paws poking under the door! The previous owner had a runner down the middle of the staircase at one point, and the side of the treads are glossed. How did you paint the risers? You can mix colors of stain together as long as they are the same kind and brand to get a custom color that is right for your stairs and floor. I’ve got a heavy footed husband, two school age kids, and two cats. HI Jan- :-). I am doing alabaster white in my house too and haven’t picked a wall color yet. That looks so professional. No knots and a much harder wood. Thanks, Hi Mel – The color on the walls in my previous home’s foyer. I will be featuring your project this Thursday at my weekly link party, Hookin Up with HoH #34. Then they put the carpet on. This is exactly what I’ve been wanting to do with my steps but I’ve been too afraid of what might be under the carpet. Any suggestions to remove it? I would love to convince my husband that the kids won’t fall:). The steps look AMAZING! Jun 29, 2014 - This Pin was discovered by Traci. Partial carpeting of stairs uses the least amount of carpet. To me, the most important little tool is the tack cloth because even after vacuuming and cleaning the stairs I still got a huge amount of lint on … Then repair, paint, stain, etc. Unfortunately, it seems the carpet’s just not very high quality. Your stairs turned out awesome and they were totally worth all of the hard work you put into them. Is this an open side of the staircase or is there a gap between the stairs/risers wall. Beautiful job! What made you decide on the color of the stain on your steps. Or did you stain every other step? I felt the dark stain balanced the space. I want to make them darker like yours, but not sure if I need to thoroughly sand each step or if I can get away with just a deglosser or liquid sander? One question: I too have tons of staple marks on my stairs. The best way to do this is to hook the tape measure at the bottom of the stairs and measure the distance following up the steps. So just to make sure I understand, white paint bled under the painter’s tape and got under the poly-ed steps? My husband initally didn’t like the way it sounded when we walked up and down right after we took the carpet off. First, we had to get rid of the existing bullnoses on the stairs. Sooo many stairs. Just beautiful. 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. After all, falling down the stairs can cause serious injury. The carpeted treads and landing leads to … The stairs look beautiful. I used paint on the risers so the didn’t have to be sanded. #diy #diyhomedecor #stairs #update. It’s so beautiful now!! I need suggestions on what type of stair strip I should use at the very top of the stairs so that it blends in with the new hardwood flooring. I would love if you could email me back with your thoughts! Jan 5, 2017 - Explore HomeIncSales's board "Carpeted Stairs" on Pinterest. Did you mix the stain in the can together? Hi! Stairs can be very dangerous , no matter how they are finished – I have slipped and fallen several times on carpeted stairs! You can see the carpeted bullnose at the top of the staircase in the photos. I don’t have any over hang on our steps. Carpeted stairs to second floor landing. Starting at the bottom step, lay the strip along the carpet edge overlapping the stringer by about 1 inch. I think I will give it a try! My problem is we have a landing that curves about 10 stairs up. The idea is to make the new flooring and the re-done stairs clean and professional looking. #2: See if you can find a match in the poly color to a craft paint or pen. Unfortunately used products, partially used products, or custom orders cannot be returned for a refund. Did you poly the white kick plate as well? Minwax® Stainable Wood Filler is ideal for repairing cracks, small gouges, nail holes, knot holes and other defects in all types of unfinished indoor and outdoor wood surfaces. After a short break, I plan on moving forward with Phase 2: adding carsiding (wide beadboard) and ledge to the staircase walls, painted to match the risers and stringers. Hi there! The second was to match a piece of furniture I have in my foyer – it is dark wood. Fantastic job, really shines! Hardwood stair images. Congrats, I know you have to love it! Something I might try once.. thanks for all the tips and the inspiration! I just pulled up my carpet and tool all the tack strips and staples out. Looks great ! Yes I used conditioner. That is the part that makes me not want to do it! Enjoy them! I fully expected to see chipboard, but lo and behold, mine looked exactly like yours, white over-spray and all. (That would come in very handy at times…if you know what I mean. My upstairs is carpeted with the same as the steps. So cute! What a glorious makeover. Even with a few knots in the wood, redoing them was doable. did you have carpet at the top landing of your stairs? Hi! Is there carpet on the floor where the stairs lead or hardwood? We are currently thinking about a reasonably-priced makeover for our stairway. We get so many positive comments when people see them. Oh my goodness… totally stunning beyond words! As far as mixing colors, I don’t think I would mix light blond floors with dark steps – that would be too drastic of a color change. :), I know that was hard work! Thank you for whatever suggestions you have. It was hard starting, but like you, once I did and saw that they may just come out looking great, I got very excited. Thanks for all your tips! Heck, you will be … It looks like my stairs (currently fulled smoother in disgusting carpet) are commercial grade plywood- with NO bullnose (major bummer) so I appreciate all you had to do to earn such a great staircase. 2. I did basically the same thing in the last house I owned, except the treads were oak. I am not sure the exact ratio of the stain when I got it to the color I liked. The paint on the risers is sort of out of the way. Great job, They will evenly spread the stain giving you great results. Thank you so much for sharing! Sally Lastrina. I just moved into a 1930’s Craftsman house and am not an avid lover of carpeting … but that’s what is on the stairs. I would read the directions on the can to see if the recommend a sealer. Wish me luck!! Most of theses will not take the stain in the same way as the wood and they will stand out even more. Again a great job! I’m concerned about falling. Do you know how to fix it if it does not have the bullnose? Acoma Street Loft - Dining and Staircase. Apply wood glue to one side of the two-by-four. I have thought of doing this, and I must say your stairs are looking amazing! Hi Cindi – I will edit the post to show and explain what I used. MY!!!!! And how many coats did you do? If you can go a bit lighter – something a bit closer to the floor downstairs it would look much better. They look like they are just part of the woods imperfections. It is a lighter color than the steps, though. I wanted a dark enough color to hide the knots, but not too dark as I wanted it to coordinate with the darkest part of the grain in the floor and the banister as well as the sideboard in my foyer. Well – my mind is trying to absorb all of this. I’m SO FREAKIN’ IMPRESSED I could SCREEEEEAM- well it’s why I am screaming (LOL) ! For the really stubborn stuff – use a chemical stripper. Besides, we have young kids and I’m much more comfortable with them on our carpeted stairs than our hardwood stairs. Hey there! x 36 In. Make sure it is securely in … At the bottom we could put a small rug on the area before the tile starts near the bathroom. I imagine it could work, but I doubt my subfloor is in good enough shape to try this. I bet they look beautiful! Sure, new carpet would be great, but, wow!, it’s not cheap. Popping over from TDC!! Thanks so much! Wow! I would take a peek under your carpet as you may be surprised to find bullnose. It still looks and feels like a carpet but it doesn’t cover the entire width of the steps. ~Linda. What is the shade of your walls? I just paid $400 to have carpet removed and steps stained….and that does not include having the risers painted….that is something I have to do now! I used Minwax Pre-Stain Conditioner on each step before I stained them. Broken ankle, tibia, 6 screws and a metal plate. It completely changes the entire look of the hall away! Staining Stairs Process. The instructions will be much easier to follow if yo… All you need to do is: Lightly go over the banister with a hand sanding block to rough up the surface a bit. I would love to do this to our. Would this method of redo still work and still look good? Larger, floor-mounted vacuums with attachments do an excellent job of cleaning carpeted stairs. Does anyone have any suggestions what we can do to match it to pine steps???? You could also buy a box of inexpensive vinyl wood flooring and cut it to fit to the shape. Now I can. What do you recommend ? Your stair case looks a hundred times better and I love your choice of stain color. hi! I LOVE the outcome! I love using this tape, I think it is much better than the blue tape I used to use when painting. Built above doors (bridge-style stairs) 2. That goes for kids, too. Discover (and save!) I have been wanting to take the carpet off my stairs as well- Even if you’re determined to carpet the stairs on your own, you should still meet with an expert. Greatly appreciate it. I am in the process of doing the exact same project so this was helpful. Or maybe I make a rule – no shoes on the stairs. Thanks! For example, if the stair is 30 inches wide, your carpet runner will measure 26 inches wide, so your tackless trips must measure 24.5 inches wide. Not in the budget at this time. Did you have to do any caulking? I”m jealous……… in the middle of doing mine now but I have yucky stairs under my carpet so I had to buy treads. Did you happen to do anything about the holes made by the carpet staples? I think you can buy a piece of bullnose. I am currently doing the same project with my stairs as you have and just wondering whether you could help me out with the white paint. I’m planning to do mine this month too, along with changing the balusters to wrought iron. When I painted each riser and baluster I used Frogtape to mask out the areas I didn’t want the paint to touch. To sand the stairs between the balusters I used an attachment on the palm sander we had that gets into tight places. Rather they are positioned in the center with the sides left to expose your wooden or carpeted stairs. Cons: Unfortunately, the carpet also tends to collect moisture and can suffer from mold issues if placed in a damp location. Have a look for yourself. OMGosh, I totally love it!! He of course was curious to see what I was up to every time I worked on the steps. If I can do it myself I would prefer it. We are working on our staircase, which has a similar look to yours. Beautiful!! U shaped stairway of home with brwon handrail supported by white balusters. My big question is, how do take up the carpet on the stairs to get a look the quality of the wood underneath? I was so happy to find what I did. I would like to do this same thing. See more ideas about carpet stairs, stairs, stair runner carpet. pay for shipping only free viagra where can i find the best and cheapest overnight viagra? I have two questions: did you use the conditioner before staining? You have inspired me to do mine, thanks. Hi I just removed our carpet and am starting my project today! If your looking for a quick and simple home improvement project, replacing carpeted stairs with hardwood can greatly alter the overall appearance of your home. Thanks. But your color on the steps works very well. One question: do you notice a big difference in the amount of noise? I agree with you. Those stairs are beautiful! Knowing how to install carpet on stairs can give an added elegance and sophistication to your space. I knew if they didn’t we could just get carpet put over them again. Before you get started installing your carpet, you first need to determine the look you want in … How many coats? If you fill them you have to make sure the stain will take on the filler. Thank you for your wonderful blog about your stair project. You could put some paint stripper on the areas, let it sit and then remove it a stripping sponge. Hi Diane, It is a lot of work, but once the carpet is up and the sanding done, the staining and painting are pretty easy. EACH TREAD IS 24" wide x 8" deep. I know you have to do every other stair so you can still use them, but did you do all the stain first then poly, or did you stain and poly the first half then the others. We did this project over a full weekend and two additional weeks nights following. Do not use regular wood putty as it will not take the color of the stain and you will be left with light colored spots under the stain. I love all things creative, colorful, and DIY. Your stairs look beautiful, Diane! We had steps that were too much of a mess to stain too! Or were you able to stain to right over it? i even have 2 cats to keep you company!!!! I just need to see if the edges are bullnose!!! To remove the staples we used needle nose pliers with grooves on the inside of the blades that help grab each staple. Beautiful job! If I can find the site where I saw the steps I will forward the link to you. Hi Leah- Hope the painting went or is going well. :) Wish I had done it sooner as they look so much better. If you are staining the steps – the wood filler doesn’t take the stain in the same way as the the wood, so we opted to embrace the imperfection. Diane – This post caught my eye as soon as I found your blog. I had a 60 lb dog that went up and down the stairs a few times a day. If new flooring was installed upstairs, the bullnose that meets the staircase on the second floor may have to be removed and a new one that matches the flooring installed. We sanded over them quite a bit to smooth them and make them look less noticeable. $40 and some sweat sounds better than $2,000. 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 Amazon.com. Can you stain one side of the stair treads at a time, so that you can walk up and down? It’s a very nice job, I must say. The poly dries in a few hours but you should not step on it for at least 24 hours so it has time to cure. lol sorry…just noticed you JUST answered this question! :). If installed properly, it will give your stairs a brand-new look, and your stairs will be more functional, more comfortable, and quieter than before. Step 1 - Prepare the Stairs. My staircase is very ugly w/ chipped plywood. The second floor carpet ended right under the bullnose where it meets the top steps- riser. I had the exact same type of stairs under my carpet I they were so painted and dinged up that I just went ahead and painted them white. I found that stripes about 8 ft long were easy to handle without getting tangled. Prevent Slips with Non Slip Carpet Safety Strips for Carpeted Stairs. You tutorial is marvelous, although I can’t figure out the purpose of the white spray paint. They recommend painting them. I’m looking forward to mimicking your staircase! I say we as my husband had the strength to really smooth the wood and eliminate or smooth out the holes. I have old (small plank) hard wood floors and want to match that color. Because you deserve to love your home and the carpet you walk up and down! I love this! where can i find the best and cheapest overnight viagra? We bought it at Lowes. I really want to do this in my house but haven’t yet convinced my husband. If your stairs follow the standard dimensions, it will be much easier to measure and lay your carpet, as carpet runners designed for the standard dimensions will be easy to find. :) Thanks for your input! We need to rip out the construction grade 2X6’s (2 for each step) and replace with a bull-nose piece. It is an inspiration to see people tackle remodel jobs that seem like so much work! Hi Amy – I tested a bunch of colors and did not like any of them, so I mixed Provincial with Early American to get the color I was after. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. The rest of the steps have held up wonderfully. Also, it says on the frog tape directions not to put it on lacquered finishes. It is from Sherwin Williams. Stair Carpet Treads Non-Slip - 8.5x30in Stair Rugs w/Landing Stair Mat & Brush, 14 Carpet Treads for Wood Stairs, Stair Treads Carpet Non Slip Self Adhesive, Brown Carpet Stair Treads Non-Slip Indoor. This will make sure you don't get any misplaced strips protruding once the carpet is set. After seeing this I decided to check and I had the same bullnose steps! The stairs look fabulous; I’ve just started on mine & have a quick question. I was so happy to see I have bullnose(?) Nevermind! Hi Kiki- EACH TREAD IS 24" wide x 8" deep. ;). Master bedroom, carpeted, with en suite containing shower, WC & basin, tiled floor, partially tiled walls. It’s so nice to share things with each other.. Hi Alex – I did not fill them in. we haven’t even started……..thanks for the inspiration!

We have two new puppies who have chewed the corners of my wood stairs in … Step 4 I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the Solution: Make a change at the landing. 4.5 out of 5 stars 41. I wonder what lays under my ugly carpet.. hmmm. Thanks Bonnie – I did not remove the banister since my steps had bullnose. I would make sure the poly is fully dry. The stairs are beautiful. I have almost the exact same carpeting on our steps that lead to our basement level. They look wonderful. Thanks for showing me the ropes! Thanks so much for sharing. The old light beige carpet was almost black at the edges by the wall! :-(. Or is that dangerous/ugly/all of the above? They look fresh and modern, but add a no-slip cushioning. Cindy. The first was to hide the knots in the wood, since the steps were made of pine. I am so EXCITED your stairs look just like mine with the carpet around the edge and same dingy color (no offense) and I just pulled up a carpet piece and woohoo I have the same stairs. What a difference! :). :) Quick question, though… From the pictures it looks like you still have carpet upstairs. Fabulous! Image of residential, construction, stair - 186952609 It was a very inexpensive project. I’m going to do this is our house!!!! Please feel free to stop by and grab a button on Thursday! I think the glossy paint hold up a lot better than the matte, we’ve had to re-touch the white risers but not the black after 2.5 years. x 23.5 In., 8 In. WOW! Note: I do not want to put in a stair nose because the stairs already have a square bullnose/lip. They looked gorgeous when you initially finished. Wow what a project! Hi, I loved how easy you made everything sound. The risers have never needed to be touched up. I have wanted to do this since we moved in our house. I just keep seeing your end result! whole thing. :/. It looks fantastic! Hi Kelsi – The paint color on the walls is: Benjamin Moore: Edgecomb Gray #HC-173 It is a light taupe color with a hint of grey. But it is beautiful and makes your home appear so fresh and young! The individuals can discuss their requirements with them and get an idea of the hardwood stairs cost in Burlington. https://inmyownstyle.com/2015/02/try-this-decorating-tip-tonight-giveaway.html. Wow..they look great. – okay my throat hurts- I will stop screaming now ;). I too, as some many others have noted, am inspired by your transformation. When you are all done – you will be rewarded for all your efforts. Thanks so much…fingers crossed I don’t make too much of a mess :). 100% natural pressure- treated lumber means no staining or painting See more ideas about stairs, carpet stairs, stair runner. It is the hardest part of the whole project. Do you think this means I should paint instead of stain like Thrifty Chick did? After (excitedly) reading this post, I went and got a flat-head screwdriver out of the drawer and peeked at what was under the nasty carpets on our stairs. Thanks Diane :) I must say that after retrieving all of the staples and nails that were holding the carpet down, it feels like I’m half done already! My husband used a small sander to get into the corners and edges. You showed me it is possible. if that’s the case then the top tread would be taller/thicker than the rest, no? That is one of the most amazing transformations I’ve ever seen and the fact that it was so inexpensive takes it to a whole new level! If you look at the top step in the photo in the post you can see it. Any suggestions for stairs that are pressboard under the carpet? As a general contractor and electrician I commend you on your work and thank you for the great idea for our own steps! Idea: partially carpeted stairs. maybe with a side table on the landing it wouldn’t look so bad. I know I’ve seen these re-do’s everywhere lately, and I love them each time, but seriously your explanations, and tutorial, is SO specific and detailed. I am having a hard time getting it all off. The process is as simple as pulling up your existing carpet and replacing it with Stair-Treads.com's high quality wood products. Did you do something to the steps to keep them from being slippery? Would love to have hardwood upstairs, but that won’t be happening for a long time. Am in the process of redoing my steps. You can find it in many colors at the home improvement store. Do you have hardwood upstairs too? Does sealer really help with that? What a find to see those lovely rounded steps under that carpet. 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. You did such a great job, I am going to try it. This should give you a better idea of what I am faced with. Carpeted stairs are generally safer and quieter than wooden stairs. Hi Becky. PetSafe CozyUp Folding Wood Pet Stairs for Dogs and Cats - for Small, Medium, Large and X-Large Pets 4.3 out of 5 stars 899. The color difference you see in the photos is just the lighting of each photo. Thanks Diane! The carpet is still on the bullnose on the second floor that meets the top riser. We used 60 grit sandpaper at first, then, 100 and then 220 to smooth. Did you use a brush or roller for the risers? Here’s a shot of the carpeted stairs. I love the dark stain against the white. I only wish I had done the project years ago. We have pulled out thousands of staples over the years preparing areas to be refinished and painted. You should link up at DIY Thrifty Thursday @ http://www.thrifty101.blogspot.com. 1. Your email address will not be published. Since the boards were soft pine. I am so excited, yet, at the same time, it is very hard, now, to actually make myself pull that carpet off of that first step. There were some marks, but nothing that looked awful. Consider partial carpeting or something that will afford you traction. I painted them white. You did a tremendous job. Please beware!! Fixing a squeaky floor that’s carpeted can be challenging. That is so wonderful! You made me giggle with Trax! All this is done inside your house so just imagine where all the dust is going to go. I will need to do something so that they are alike color wise. Do you know the color of the paint on the walls by any chance? Since I used semi-gloss paint on the risers I did not need the poly, the risers on my steps have held up fine without it. If you have a carpeted upstairs, you could have the upper portion of the stairs carpeted as well and then switch to hard flooring at the landing and below. Hi Joan – Not sure the size of your landing, but you may want to look at a veneer. Some do not. I would love to do this. How do I repair this damage? Have you had to re-do it or touch it up at all? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated! This is what was done on my basement steps. I don’t see it in stores anymore, but I did find it here. Just make sure before you put the poly on that no smudges, dust or dirt got on the stained surface – I wiped them off with a damp lint free rag before I applied the poly. No falls on the carpets! (Whatever was I thinking, having pale beige carpet installed on stairs?) (I did the front entryway and third floor hall, but only partially worked on the back stairway.) We are still loving our stairs. Stairs with flex/bonus space underneath; Open vs. Closed Stairs. You had some great steps to work with. :-) I have not had to touch it up at all. There were thousands of staples holding the old dirty carpet (from the former house owner) in place. I have the colors for mine, but trying to match the stain color I want. We have no idea what color treads would look great with the oak banister and white risers. Simply wipe down for cleaning using damp soapy cloth. Would do this over again if I had to. Your before picture looks exactly like my staircase except I have stained my handrails a dark stain. Probably around 3′ x 4′ but odd shaped. Such a great transformation. For the tight areas around the balusters, he used a little manual hand sanding block with a pointed tip. I ended up mixing the colors Provincial with Early American and applied it with and old rag. Installing carpet on stairs can be tricky and time-consuming, but it can be accomplishedeven by noviceswith some understanding and patience. I just kept the carpet intact on the second floor. How to Install a Stair Tread & Riser. In addition to that, he does not have that much patience doing this time consuming kind of work. Here’s a shot of the carpeted stairs. I’ve been dying to do this with our stairs and you’re pushing me in the right direction. Did you sand it all by hand or did you use a sander? I then used the same semi-gloss latex paint over it that I used for the step risers. To these stairs were just waiting for the right set of hands to manipulate them into something gorgeous. I can’t find the Zinsser Bullseye polyurethane anywhere (and I live in the Atlanta area); have tried Home Depot, True Value Hardware & Ace hardware. It looks so much better than the carpet. Thanks for sharing your details…. Replacing stair treads starts with tearing out carpet, then staples, and then cutting the old bullnoses. Stairs are the most common place in the home to have carpet, and yet they are also the trickiest. I have seen staircases with non-bullnose steps (squared-off) but I do not think it looks as nice. Tell him the more shine the more imperfections you will see. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. What a beautiful transformation. for seven steps. The blue stuff is the carpet padding … It looks fine, I don’t even notice it. My question is how are the treads holding up after this past year; are they starting to show any wear? It is a bit different, but I am using all the same products. One of the houses we were in had a carpeted runner and that really helped the dogs but the Golden would occasionally fall even … Also unfortunate is that we can’t afford to replace that stain-showing beige-ness in every room. You see the hard wood on … YUCK. Bullnose … 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. It took some time, but was well worth it. Would you mind uploading a pic on my fb fan page??? I’m so excited for this beautiful transformation I can hardly contain myself! Have a wonderful day.. Stain staircase and banister. Thanks for sharing! Diane, wow wow wow those are gorgeous!! It has been a long time since I have been that excited! your staircase is BEAUTIFUL!! I have already filled the staple holes & gouges with a wood filler. Also it is worth the extra expense to buy a quality brush. My previous steps were wooden, were fully carpeted, and had a closed bottom. I’ve done some demolition projects in my house before and remember well! Thank you for responding so quickly Diane! In the (unlikely – but still remotely possible) chance I attempt to tackle this project can you please provide your supplies list. I finally resorted to cutting the dress out in a small bedroom with the door shut rather than the large living room floor. It looks kind of like an iron. I am following your instructions to the letter! What a beautiful job! I will be doing this project for sure. Stairs are the most frequented and highly trafficked area of a home or office. I used Zinseer Bulls Eye Ultimate Polyurethane. Thanks for the detailed process description. If they are in good shape I would just let them be square. I have always yearned for hardwood steps and white painted risers. I’m worried the pine will look all scratched up after a while with a dog and was considering purchasing oak treads instead. Balcony A level balustrade usually on the 2nd floor – also called gallery. If the steps were not nice, I would have just placed the carpet back in place and back over the carpet tack stripping. Also looks like a lot of hard work- good job : ). It is best to add 6 inches to your measurement so you have a 3-inch buffer at each end of your stairs. I love the way it looks and I love the way pine “feels” underfoot~if that makes sense…it is just a softer walk. Once the staircase is done, you will be so happy with your efforts and any inconvenience you had to deal with will be forgotten. Hugs-Diana. The hardwood on my 1st floor, is a medium color. What color is the stain you used? that. I have seen steps without a bullnose edge refinished and they look fine. I did paint the trim myself. I have never used frog tape before..I’m going to have to get some of that…. It has one pointed end. Please excuse the typo: *fully* not “fulled”. To keep the cat and dog off the steps, I set the cat up in a bedroom with his litter box. :) …Love your ideas by the way.. Gorgeous stairs, congrats. I think you just saved me a bunch of money!! Mine was carpeted and I left it in place. Going to tackle it this week! steps like yours! How to ensure stairs are safe for someone with dementia Find out all you need to know to prevent falls and accidents on stairs and steps in the home Don’t panic It’s probably the area in the house that you worry about most.


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