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DIY Iron Spindles for a Staircase: Video

I was contacted a few months back from a company called Carolina Stairs. Super nice guy named Matt saw my video about how we refinished our stairs (took off nasty carpet, sanded down, painted and poly) We still look at our stairs and smile. The best $81 we ever spent!
He was impressed and he asked if we would take a look at a product he sells. Matt sent me samples of some iron spindles. The hardware is heavy, well made, and very do it yourself friendly! We were hooked! And you must know….they are a fraction of what you might pay someone to install them. The average is about $13 per spindle (depending on the finish).

Here is a look at the before…not bad I know….

But not quite as special as this…..

Oh, we love them sooooooo much :)
We chose the rubbed copper finish. So lovely. We were able to pick from black, hammered black or rubbed copper. The basket design along with the twist looks so fabulous together.
Seriously great weekend project!

All hardware is included…we did choose to use our own screws. The ones provided were not as “grippy” to the wood.

We recorded our experience…and have it all laid out how we took out our wood spindles and installed our lovely iron ones!

Here is the youtube : DIY Iron Spindles

(I agreed to film the installation and was compensated for my spindles and my time. However, all opinions are my own.)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Oh Joy!!! New treads!!

 Recently I told you about Putter…the 9 year old Golden….that we love dearly….but he hated our shiny new stairs…see the post here
He has stumbled a few times coming down the stairs…so we ordered some fabulous treads…
I know! Aren’t they awesome!

They are from Natural Area Rugs . …

I am placing some carpet tape on both sides to hold it in place….

I love how you can see and appreciate the wood stair (that I poured my heart into…!!)

Now that Putter doesn’t have to worry about coming up and down the stairs now he can get onto more important things…like well, sleeping I guess…..and then eating…and then sleeping some more. Must be nice to be a Golden Retriever.
Fabulous giveaway coming up today at noon….you won’t want to miss!!!
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New treads for an old dog….

Our Golden Retriever Putter was really missing the carpet….
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and NOT loving our shiny newly redone stairs….
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It’s good thing he’s cute…otherwise I would be really annoyed….
He really is a good dog….I felt bad when he tumbled down the last few stairs one morning. (secretly thinking–wonder if he just scratched my new stairs…I’m only human people…)
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I found these sisal tread runners on http://www.naturalarearugs.com/ and I liked them because they still showed plenty of the pretty steps—but were safe for Putter. Waiting on them to arrive!! Until then—Putter will be a first floor dog…he seems ok with that for now…
Happy Dog again!
Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Video Tutorial–Stair Makeover

The recent renovation of our wood stairs is now on video! I didn’t take a lot of video…but I thought some part may be helpful to see in motion….

If you missed the blog posting…here is the reveal….Stairs Revealed…

Here is the youtube…..
my camera skills are a work in progress people….please be kind ;)

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The $81 Stair Makeover….REVEALED!

 You’ve been so patient….so encouraging…so excited for me. Thanks! I am still in the middle of polyurethane all the coats on the treads….but you can see the final product.
A few of you have asked how many hours this project has taken me…well the first phase (clearing out the carpet and pulling all staples and tacks) took me 2.5 hours–mind you I did this by myself on a Friday. Phase 2 took Bill and I from about 11:30 on Saturday morning till about 4:30 (that includes prep work, sanding, and cleaning up all the dust!). And on Sunday I took about an hour and did all the scraping with the stripping remover stuff. Phase 3 was the painting process and that took about an hour per coat…then I would let it dry for 3 hours and a re coat. So I think you could accomplish this in one weekend (minus the polyurethane step…because that requires some dry time).
If you haven’t seen the first few post on these stairs you can read all about it here…. Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3 …..
Electric candles people…not to worry—wouldn’t advise real candles on newly lacquered stairs…just sayin
Ta Da!

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I am coating the stair treads with Minwax Fast-Drying Satin. I am doing every other step. I put one coat on, let it dry 4 hours; then placed another coat. I am doing 3 coats on just the treads. I placed a small piece of tape on the steps that I was allowed to step on (just a mental note for me!) I am using a foam brush. Place a fan at the bottom of stairs to aid in quick drying. It is about $11 for a can.
I know they look dark here but I wanted to show how pretty they look at night with these electric candles on…

He’s impressed….my biggest supporter ;) We feel so satisfied knowing how much we saved and that fabulous feeling that comes from doing something with your own bare hands.
Goodbye worn out carpet….HELLO pretty wood stairs!
I would say they look like a million bucks—-but then again….I only used $81…and a bit of sweat—but that is always a good thing!!
Video Tutorial is here….
Coming up….more foyer remodeling…including new paint color and some fabulous trim projects!!
 Stay tuned…
Giveaway still up on the sidebar! Happy Weekend!!!
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Couldn’t have done it without my Purdy Paint brush!!!!
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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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