Moriah tackled her outdated stairs! Here is how she did it:
“We moved into our fixer-upper a year ago and from the day we moved in I couldn’t wait to get started on the stairs. The dirt was ground in to both the builder’s white walls and the worn carpeting.
And there’s no need to mention the oblivious 80s orange which so boldly greeted our guests. Yikes!
Having an entire home to remodel on top of having two in college, we needed to do all the work ourselves and without much cost. My husband wasn’t seeing the vision so entrusted me as the project manager on this “project impossible.” So while he was away at work, I went to work.
YIKES! The steps had been carpeted once before so there’s twice as many staples to remove!
And water damage of some sort!
And spilled paint! Nooooo!!!!! Hours and hours of hard work ensued. And little by little progress was made until each step had every single carpet strip, nail and staple removed. Whew! Every night I went to bed after soaking in an Epsom salt bath.
And then the sanding began. I sanded the stairs six times with three different grades of sandpaper and when I was finished they were as smooth as a baby’s bottom. :).
My house was just a tad dusty, however.
My husband helped install the bead boarding on the kick plate as I’m not allowed to use anything sharper than children’s rounded scissors. True.
Once the holes were filled in, the staining could begin. Ace Hardware sells the set of foam brushes for just $1.86. Best deal in town! And I love General Finishes gel stains!
When the stain and top coat had dried, the steps were Gus approved ;)
We added the carpet runners so the three dogs wouldn’t slip on the stairs
And this is now what greets our guests.
FYI – yes, those are pallets on the walls. I needed to decorate with what I could find for free and God granted me a little creativity :)