Stairway to Heaven

Theres a lady whos sure
All that glitters is gold
And shes buying a …….. whoops not what I meant to do.

This post is all about a stairway though, specifically those going upstairs in the house.  Again, going with the theme of trying to brighten and freshen the whole house, we thought it would be a good idea to spruce up the corridor leading to the upstairs, since that is what people will first see when the open the door to go up.  It used to look like this:

We first started this project by removing the worn carpet lining down the center.  The next task was to remove the gold plated kick plates on each step, and then finally the gray carpet.  The gray carpet was actually about 60 tiny carpet squares glued into place.  Those were fun to remove.

You can see here what we saw going up: not a pretty site.  Not only were we surrounded by wall to wall wood, the wooden stairs were in nasty condition.  Years of work, and layers of paint and adhesive have really done a number on those stairs – unfortunately making them beyond refinishing.

We decided that the best course of action was to rebuild/cover the stairs with new wood.  Carpet was too expensive and wouldn’t look quite right since basically the rest of the house is wood flooring.  Our solution was to buy two 4’x8′ sheets of maple wood and spend an afternoon cutting pieces to size.

Of course in an old house none of the stairs were the same size, but to the builders credit, most of them were within 1/8 of an inch.  We then spent the next two days finishing the wood with stain and polyeurethane.  Our new stairs were ready to be assembled.

And here is the final product.  I forgot to mention earlier that we also painted the wood paneling on the sides in order to brighten the space a little bit.  We are really happy the way they turned out, and think this will leave a much better impression on potential buyers as they head up to the newly refinished second level.

Here is the view looking down (too bad I don’t have a before of this one).  You can see the entire area is much more open looking and inviting.  And if you look closely you can even see what looks like brand new walls and trim on the upper part of the stairs/picture.  That will be the subject of a future post.  Lets hope very soon.

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2 thoughts on “Stairway to Heaven”

  1. 4×8 sheets? I’m assuming you did 3/4″ plywood then and capped the ends with solid wood? Can’t tell in the picture, but smart move if that’s the case.

    Get that stuff done before summer, there’s some fun left to be had before you guys outski.

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