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Top Hits Revisited: DIY Refinishing Stairs

Back in the day….3 years ago or so…I had read an article online. This girl Sarah….had refinished her stairs…all by herself. I read the “article” about 5 times. Not realizing that I was reading a blog post…that would change everything. I had been a DIYer my whole life….but I wasn’t documenting it. Sarah introduced me to this amazing new world that is “blogging”. I set out to refinish my own stairs after I saw how amazing hers had turned out. If I haven’t told you thank you Sarah….thank you:)

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It was a project I completed for under $100…in one weekends time…and I still love them to this day. It was the most satisfying project I had taken on. It is the project I get the most questions on….the YouTube informational tutorial has been viewed over 157,000 times….and one of the top hits on the blog.

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We ended up putting sisal treads on the stairs so that our pup would have an easier time with using them. They too have held up great! I do not have one chip in the paint…(we decided to paint the treads instead of stain because after sanding them there was still paint and caulk spots that would have shown through). We used high gloss latex paint (Behr color Molasses). The white risers have been touched up once….not bad for all the wear and tear these stairs are put through daily. (The white is Porter Paint color White Umber). Light French Grey by Behr is on the walls….Reflecting Pool on the ceiling.

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The question I tend to get a lot is how to figure out what kind of wood is under your carpeted stairs. The easiest “test” is to see if your stair has a “rolled” edge. If the edge of your stairs are rolled….the wood is most likely a common pine tread (which is what my stairs are). If your stairs look like the corners are more square…the wood is most likely plywood. A plywood stair is not worth finishing in my opinion. You could “finish” them…with the intent of replacing in the future with a real wood stair….but if you go to sell your house…the buyer will consider a plywood stair as subfloor material….and unfinished. Just food for thought….

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If you have any questions….please comment and let me know….I would love to help you out!

Here are some other post related to the stairs

 

I will be revisiting old post that have been the most popular…to give you updates and to show new readers some of the past:) Do you have any favorites you would like me to update?

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.

DIY refinished stairs…how they have held up…

It is a question that has come up more than once…how do your stairs look now?? Almost 2 years after you finished them?? Well…I will show you…

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It was one of my first major home DIY projects and it landed me in blog land when I completed it. I published a very simple step by step video about how we went about refinished our stairs.

Here is the Youtube…(gosh….I look a bit crazy in this clip…sorry for the crazy face…People with strong character laugh at themselves right,,,,say yes please…ha!?!?!)

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We could not be happier with our stairs. The finish of the paint is still perfect. We did choose to put sisal rug pads on the stairs.  But even so…the paint hasn’t chipped anywhere. They look as great as the day we finished them. Here are some answers to your questions….if I failed to answer your question please comment and I will reply ;)

Q.: Why did you use latex paint and not oil based or a stain?

A.: We didn’t want to match up (or attempt to match up) the railing stain. It would have come out too red or too brown. With that said we decided to use a true brown paint. The color is Sweet Molasses by Behr. We used a semi gloss latex. When that dried, 3 coats of poly was applied.

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Q.: How did you use your stairs while you were finishing them?

A.: Once we were ready for paint…I painted a coat first thing in the morning…starting from the top down. I stayed off the stairs all day. By evening they were fine to walk up with socks (just to go to bed..) we tried our best to stay off them. The next morning I did the same thing. When we were ready for poly…I did every other stair. That way I could go up and down (think before you step…haha!) And then I repeated with the other stairs.

 

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Q: Where did you get the sisal carpet treads?

A: Natural area rugs .com Several options available. We held ours down with carpet tape.

 

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Q: How did you complete the stairs at the top?

A: Number one question…here is  a picture of the tippy top of the stairs. This pic was taken right after we had the maple floor put down so it was needing touched up…but you can see what was under the carpet. The top of my stairs was a piece of pine much like the treads…it was covered with carpet. I left the carpet there…wrapped around the top of the stair part and it was still stapled to the riser. Hope that makes sense;)

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We look at the all the time and still smile. It was the most rewarding project. I encourage you to go for it!!

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Here are the other post about the stairs…

Treads

Stair Video

Stair Reveal post

Phase One

Phase two

Phase three

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.

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.

Foyer remodel update

You remember the stairs….it’s all their fault…

They turned out so good…they started to make everything else look….sort of blah

every time I look at them I love them more!

done with the red…
So the color we went with is Behr Light French Grey….LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

chandelier from Overstock.com in love !!

My new plant….I pray I don’t kill it…I love it so…it needs a new pot though…

some sparkley new votive….so pretty at night…

can you hear that???? Yes, that light is singing :)

good bye red….hello fabulous Light French Grey!
Oh Joy! Look at the foyer….it looks so chic yet so welcome…so modern yet so warm…LOVE!
Now to get some things back on the wall :) The fun part!!
Thanks again to Centsational Girl for the board and batten idea…
and Thrifty Decor chick for the awesome info on redoing the stairs…yall ROCK!
Happy Weekend! Be sure to sign up for the Downeast Basic giveaway on the side bar!!

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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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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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