There were no sports events this weekend and work was quiet too so I had no more excuses not to make some progress on the stairs. I thought that all I needed to do was paint the risers and the trim and aside some adding some trim pieces, I’d be done. Well you know how that goes…
This has taken me so long, here is a quick review. This is how the stairs started. I am not a fan of wall to wall carpet in general and white carpet on the stairs? Always looks messy and is hard to vacuum:
The landing was my biggest concern but once I saw this under the carpet, nothing was going to stop me pulling the carpet up!
Here is what they looked like originally, before someone put carpet over them:
I wasn’t overly fond of the finish color and there was also paint and glue on them so I decided to strip them:
And this is where the trouble started.
The risers were not all the same sort of wood so they didn’t take the water based stain I chose evenly. So I decided to try again with a gel stain – only the directions for the gel stain weren’t working either to achieve the color I wanted. If I applied it and then wiped it off after the appropriate amount of time, it just all wiped off. In the end, I decided to treat it more like paint. I applied a thin coat and just let it dry.
The sealant was another headache. I chose to use water based sealant because it dries so much faster. However there were places near the edges of the treads along the wall where I had some adhesion issues on a few treads (I’m sure it was user error).
They look okay at a casual glance, though I do still need to add some trim pieces here and there.
I am happy with the color of the treads – the dark color is prettier than the color they started. Though I admit the dark color does show dust more. The upside is that they are easier to clean!
The landing was a special kind of pain in the butt because of the parquet wood grain but it doesn’t look so bad either.
The adhesion issues I had with the sealant have come back to haunt me however – some came up when I removed the painters tape (along with some paint).
So I have some touching up to do… along with the trim on the landing…
Also, I painted the wainscoting to freshen it up while I was at it, but of course that just made the wall above look grungy. But painting the wall means going all the way up the stairwell into the second floor hallway as well as the foyer. I’m not really up for that at the moment. Maybe in the spring. Or maybe I’ll just hire it out – like I should have done with this job! Obviously, I should stick to painting walls and refinishing furniture and leave the floors to the experts.
Ultimately, I’d love to have the white carpet on the first floor pulled up and replaced with wood. Now I’m hoping that the sealant on the stairs holds up until I’ve saved up enough to do the floors and the stairs both!