I seriously love everything about this picture. The creamy white stairs with a dark ebony railing and wood plank walls...love...love...love!
But my staircase is far from this picture...
...mine are not classy nor farmhouse...they are just blah builder grade, covered in carpet with blah colored railings.
It is time to stop dreaming and start doing
...and that is when the carpet came off...
Initially afraid of what I'd find underneath, Ric and I just started ripping that carpet off.
What we found was solid pine stairs...(with 6 inches of white overspray from when the builders painted the trim and spills of some type of adhesive all over the stairs...but nothing a sander can't fix)
A few treads were cracked so Ric replaced those with new ones.
The landing was the only place that was not solid wood, so we took all the pressed wood board out and built a wood landing. (Ric also added additional supports under the floor cause there was only one.)
Our sweet dogs had also chewed some of the carpet on the corner of the step up for the hallway, so we went ahead and cut the carpet back and put a tread in its place. (it was cheaper than replacing all the carpet in the hallway) ;)
Lets sum things up so far....
*Ripped up carpet- removed tack strips, and about a million staples
*Replaced stair treads that were cracked
*Built new landing and step
*Filled holes and sanded
...now on to the railings...
(my house has been covered in a layer of dust for a week)
It will soo be worth it though!
I sanded all the railings by hand with a 100 grit fine sand paper-you don't need to sand much, just enough to remove the gloss.
After cleaning them we started staining.
We used Varathane stain in Ebony. (love this stain)
You can see the before on the railing going down the stairs...such a difference already
I love how it is turning out!!
Of course as usual our projects tend to grow as we go. We have decided to also add beadboard to the risers. We just started that yesterday...can't wait to share the progress.
Stay tuned for the rest of the remodel
(seriously love this pic) :)