Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Stairs Revealed~

I know, I know I wrote that I would show off my staircase a few posting ago & I am sorry that I did not get it done,  but fret no more, here they are in all their new glory SHINY & NEW.
But, wait let us see what they looked like before all of the BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS!  Under each tread we added 1/4" molding in keeping with the other molding we have throughout the house.
 Not bad, no stains, tears or discoloration.  The carpet was just old I have asthma and did not want carpet any longer so I asked my husband if we could take it out.
And, he said sure so we took it out that very weekend, he bought all of the material except stain & paint as that is my forte so he left it to me.
Do they not look awesome? I am telling you they were a lot of work, but the reward is so worth it!  My husband bought pine (top grade) for each tread and oak for the landing.  He also did all of the bull nose on each pine tread.  It took so long to get the stairs done because I needed to special order the bit for the bull nose, it is difficult to find a 1" bit in the big box stores.
 We are most proud of the landing, my husband did a terrific job cutting all of the wood so that it fit perfect.
I painted all of the risers to match the original molding along the staircase & I needed to mix 2 different stains (Minwax non-toxic, water based) to match the original oak flooring we had throughout the house.  I must say this is another one of my faves. YIKES~I see a boo boo in this photo, can you spot it?  It is the bottom of the table raw wood, I will need to paint this...soon!
The last thing we did was put a protective coating over each step, however, I used a 1/4" nap roller so that I can achieve a rough texture, in other words I wanted each step to have dimples & bumps so that my angels would not slip as they may have had I used another roller for a very smooth look. As I said it was Blood, Sweat & Tears but I would do it all over again I LOVE the way they look!

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Little Becky Homecky  

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  1. This is a really good job and better if struggle with asthma. I am following you now and like your blog. I would love for you to follow back.

    1. Thank you, I am so happy we did it ourselves & also happy we are finally done!
      I would be happy to follow you back, I will check out your blog shortly.
      Thank you & Blessings~

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    1. I appreciate it thank you Tonya, we are happy with the way they turned out! Thank You & Blessings~

  3. Could you send your husband to my house please? And then you could visit and finish up the painting/staining. LOL! I've been wanting to do this forever, but just don't know if I could get all the angles correct. What an amazing accomplishment for the two of you. I just love projects that I can say I did myself. Kudos!

    1. Sure he is on his way now! =0)Thank you, we are thrilled with the end result!
      I will let him rest a bit then I will ask him to help me with another project!! I am excited to hop on over to check out your blog~ Blessings

  4. These stairs are so beautiful--I loved seeing the before and after of them, because it's such a dramatic difference!

    1. Very dramatic indeed, they look so clean now! We are thrilled with the turn out! Thank you for checking out my blog I am excited to head on over to check yours out too. Blessings~

  5. Just Dropping in from Freedom Fridays Blog Hop! What a beautiful transformation. Loving the wood:)
    I am now following via GFC:)
    Have a great weekend!!

  6. Nina,
    The carpet looked fine BUT the wood looks great! You and your hubby did a fantastic job. It sure helps to have a hubby that is handy doesn't it? I love that mine in a Mr. Handy Man too.

  7. Great updated stairs. They look so new and pretty!


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