Staircase Makeover: Part II

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Last week was, we’ll say…not ideal. Work life has been wearing on me, and to make matters worse, the week started off with one of our service providers hitting a water pipe in our laundry room. Yes, the same laundry room that I recently finished updating. I’ll give you the express version of the week with lots of omissions – busted pipe, laundry room torn apart, jackhammered floor, stomach virus, sliced fingers, more flooding…it goes on and on. All I have to say is thank God for Zofran.

But! The stairs are done, the stairs are done! Now, the staircase makeover project isn’t 100% complete – I still have plans for some wall paneling, but for now, the stairs are done!

Let’s take a look back at the before:

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Ewww…

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After we got all the new treads on, it was time to take care of the risers. Remember how they used to look?

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To save time and money, I decided to install 1/4″ plywood panels over the existing risers and paint them white. I was able to cover them all with a single sheet of plywood for $24. I had Lowe’s rip the sheet down the height I needed, and made cross cuts at home with my miter saw.

Here are the panels getting their first coat of paint! I did just two coats outside, knowing they’d need an extra coat or two after they got on the stairs.

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The risers were attached with Liquid Nails and my handy Ryobi brad nailer.

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I filled all the nail holes, and caulked around the edges. The risers did end up needing about two more coats of paint.

Here they are, fresh and bright!

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Isn’t that so much better?!

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Oooh…ahhh.

Staircase makeover - carpet to hardwood. www.thetarragonahouse.com

This has been easily one of the quickest home improvement projects that we’ve taken on – just about two weekends working on it on and off.

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Please excuse the random patches of mis-matched paint finishes on the wall from the previous owner…I’ll be taking care of all that when we get the wall paneling up :).

Material costs:

  • Pine Treads – $218
  • 1/4″ Plywood – $24
  • Paint, glue, nails – on hand 🙂

Total project cost: $242

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Until next time!

Christy

4 Comments

  1. my mind is blown right now. i don’t even understand half of what you said in this post, but the stairs look awesome!!

  2. Great job Christy. A little imagination and thinking outside the box has taken your $250, little elbow grease and probably multiplied your investment times 10 when you sell the house. ?

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