stair rehab January 22nd, 2013

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I have been tired of our gross, dirty, ugly-shade-of-tan-carpeted stairs for awhile now (I’ve been daydreaming about this, this, and this if you really want to know….)… but yeah right!! so I decided to do something about it this past weekend. And by that I mean I pestered Matt for long enough that he flew into HULK MODE and ripped all the carpet out. I kid, I kid. Kinda. I was really just initially scared of what was underneath, and kept hesitating to look for fear of another home project sitting around unfinished forever. Plus, Bowser really likes to lounge on the soft, warm steps and monitor the goings-on outside on our street through the window view he gets from either step #5 or #6. Given his inclination towards the soft and cozy, I was afraid that hardwood stairs would not suit him. Though I’m still not sure how he feels about the change, I myself was pleasantly surprised and happy to find more than just basic plywood underneath. We actually have a tread with a rounded edge and the risers have a bit of trim detail to them! Definitely better than I pictured. After Matt did the major tearing and ripping, I spent the next few hours plying out all the staples and remaining bits of carpet padding. Not the most exciting way to spend the day, but now the surfaces are at least pretty smooth. I gave it a good vacuum, then a wash-down and scrub with some hot soapy water.


Now, to decide how to repaint them… I’m thinking black treads and white risers to play it safe. Though I really adore these other ideas (1) and (2) and (3), maybe it’s too much. Repainting them normally, plus all the handrails too, is going to be a big project as it is. Need to think on this one…


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4 Responses

  1. DIY Investor Says:

    Go Matt!

  2. King Kong Says:

    The first “this” looks cool but Bowser might take more flying lessons, the second “this” would clash with the brick, and the third “this” would require a window cleaner. If options 1 , 2, and 3 where up for a vote I would go with 3. Have fun with whatever you decide on.

  3. Lindsey Says:

    Cant’ wait to see the finished product!

  4. - words and photography from Washington, DC and beyond Says:

    […] case you missed it: here is part 1 of the stair saga. Above are the stairs with all the staples and carpet padding bits fully removed. […]

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