Sunday, February 27, 2011

Stairs and House Finished

The Stairs are finally finished, well just a few minor touch ups left, which means the inside of the house is done. The stairs were the last major project we had left. Now we just have decorating and upgrading a few lighting fixtures. Daniel has already mentally checked out of the inside of the house and has moved onto the yard and garage. We took photos of the process for redoing the stairs.


The first one here is of the stairs right after we took the carpet out. I thought I took a picture of the nasty carpet on the stairs, but I guess not. This is what we lived with for months. It is that osb board, the kind that gives you slivers.
We went to Lowes and looked at the options for replacing treads. We ended up buying some of the MFD pre-fabricated stair treads. All we had to do was cut them to length. The were $8 each and we had 14 treads to do. Then we decided to paint them with a dark brown oil based deck paint. We ended up putting 3 coats of paint on them, 2 before we put them in and 1 after. I am glad we put 3 coats on because they are much more durable and easier to clean.

After that it was time to go to work. Once Daniel got the hang of ripping out the OSB treads, the demolition didn't take as long as I thought it would.


After the demolition we glued down the stair treads. This process of ripping up the old treads and putting in the new ones took 2 days, one day for each set of stairs (upper and lower). We were able to counter sink the screws and use some wooden dowels to plug the holes from the screws. The screw holes were time consuming because we used oil based paint. We had to paint the screw holes on each of the sides first, let those dry overnight, then paint the ones in the middle and let those dry overnight. That way we could walk up the sides or down the middle of the stairs. After we painted the screw holes with 2 layers, we put one final layer on each tread to hide the screw holes better. That was the night we all slept on mattresses downstairs and went to the Aquarium the next day.
The next step was the trim work. We put a the smallest piece of floor trim we could find at Lowes and ran it above the stair treads on either side. The picture above shows the trim installed on the lower set of stairs and not on the upper set. After the trim was up we painted the area below white. We probably should have waited to paint until last because we scrapped in dinged the wall when we put the bead board in and I will have to touch up the walls.

After the painting we put the bead board on the risers and we finished installing the laminate flooring on the landing. The final step was gluing the stair nosing on. It took 30 minutes for the glue to set and we didn't have any weights or clamps to hold the stair nose on so Daniel sat on it while I brought him bowls of cereal. The bead board cost us about $55.00. This project was time consuming but relatively inexpensive.
Treads-$112
Bead Board-$55
Floor Paint-$27
Trim-$12.50
Stair Nose-$29.00
Laminate Flooring-$30
Here are some pictures of the completed project. I love them! During the whole process Daniel kept saying he can't vision how it will look and wasn't sure of how he would like them when it was done. When he was done eating his bowl of cereal he said "Wow I am good, look how good they look!" He did work really hard on them, but it made me laugh that he couldn't imagine how they would look until it was all done, which took no imagination at all. Right now they are my favorite part of the house.




I LOVE MY STAIRS AND I LOVE THE FACT THAT ALL THE MAJOR PROJECTS IN THE HOUSE ARE DONE!
A side note: When we bought the house our goal was to have all the major projects done and paid off with in a years time, we closed on the house April 1, 2010. We finished ahead schedule and used our tax returns to pay for the major purchases.

See the full tutorial for these stairs here at Prudentprojects

82 comments:

Suzanne said...

So so so pretty. Seriously I am speechless. I love the dark color against the bead board, white trim and grey walls! Ah! I would hire him for my house some day. Amazing work!

meleofa said...

Looks awesome! I love the bead board. I never would have thought to use that on the stairs. Excellent.

Hera said...

All looking lovely Miriam.

MoBo said...

WAOEW! That is AMAZING!!! you guys are awesome! those stairs look Really nice, and really fancy. Well done! superb job! woohoo!!

maybe i'll come for a visit this summer huhuhu

Wiley Family said...

So beautiful what talent u guys have. Big kudos to mr Daniel. I just love ur stairs. Also great accomplishment finishing ur major projects. How relieved u guys must feel.

Allison said...

They look great!

Unifer said...

your house looks so lovely!! and the stairs are beautiful!! :D til hamingju!!

Derek & Melanie said...

Hi Miriam! I didn't catch that these were your stairs until I looked at the pictures and said, "hey that looks familiar". Great job! They look awesome.

Tammy@PeppermintPlum said...

Wow, that beadboard looks amazing! Such a great idea and it looks great. Stopping by from Better After.

nweames said...

This is beautiful! I am in the Albuquerque Stake & my friend who is also admiring your stairs is in the East Stake -- Where are you? If I convince my husband to do this to our stairs, could we come to see?? My e-mail is in my profile link. Thanks for the great idea!

Laree said...

Just came over from Before and After.

I've been drooling over stair makeovers for several months now, but always thought my stairs were too small and dark. But really, they're very similar to yours!

AND I'm working on doing bead board in my kitchen (where my stairs come out), so it would totally tie in.

THANK YOU for the inspiration!!!!

Teresa said...

These look awesome!! Love the write up!

Cara @ Gardenview Cottage said...

AMAZING!!! my MIL has stairs that look like this in her new rental she just bought. I'm going to send her a picture so she can make them pretty like yours!!! Great job♥

Stephanie said...

Absolutely AMAZING! I have some horrible stairs covered in dirty cream carpet heading to my basement. I am inspired by yours! Thank you,
Stephanie at fullofgreatideas

CableCollins said...

Thank you for showing us your awesome stairs! But I also want to thank you for the lovely music on your site. I was having a rough morning and I had MANY windows open so, I didn't know where it was coming from at first. It soothed me. THANK YOU!

Mary said...

I found your lovely staircase at Pinterest. I am considering doing this same project with my stairs. Can you tell me how the paint has withstood the traffic for the past year-and-a-half?

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Anonymous said...

I am also interested to know how the paint has held up. Looking into updating our carpeted stairs.

Anonymous said...

Yes, PLEASE. How does the paint hold up and are they slippery with stocking feet?

flooring Houston said...

That is amazing! Carpets are just so out of style not to mention unhygienic. I am glad you made the switch to a more beautiful and health friendly set of stairs. I am sure that your hard work paid off when you saw how they used to look like! This change made your home much more beautiful!

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Your stairs is really beautiful and it looks like it was professionally done. Both of you really did an amazing job. Thank you for sharing this post and the list of your expenses. This is really helpful and very inspiring. I am pretty sure that several homeowners will be motivated to try this out.

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Pam Jackson said...

Those look awesome. I took carpet off mind and wanted to redo them but the builder grade wood was not good for staining, so I ended up putting peel and stick strips that look like wood. That was 3 yrs ago, not those are not holding well so I think I will try the deck paint. Yours looks great. Thanks for sharing.

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Chucky said...

Hi! I am planning to do the same project on my basement stairs. This looks great! Just wondering what brand of deck paint you used.