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:
After we got all the new treads on, it was time to take care of the risers. Remember how they used to look?
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.
The risers were attached with Liquid Nails and my handy Ryobi brad nailer.
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!
Isn’t that so much better?!
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.
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 :).
- Pine Treads – $218
- 1/4″ Plywood – $24
- Paint, glue, nails – on hand 🙂
Total project cost: $242
Until next time!