DIY Stair Makeover

I’m so happy hubby is back from his business trip. While he was gone I was on vacation and needed that extra time because I spent 98% of my time working on some DIY home improvements (as usual). 

This time when he walked in he was greeted with hardwood stairs instead of the dated carpeted stairs that we could never get 100% spot free. 

DAY 1:  To complete this project, I waited about 3 seconds after he drove away to run and get my handy dandy multi-tool and began ripping out the carpet. 

Once I had the carpet and padding completely pulled up I was greeted by layers upon layers of dirt buildup (eww).

Then began the long process of tearing out all of the wonderful staples both big and small that held the carpet to the stairs for probably 10+ years.😳

Once all the staples were out (ok, ok ALMOST all of the staples were out) I sanded down the stairs and kick plates. This was a lot of fun getting to see the beauty start to peek out from underneath the dirt and grime. My mom was a life saver because there was sawdust EVERYWHERE! And bless her heart, she dusted my entire upstairs to help me out.

 After painting the kick plates and sides semi-gloss white (makes it easier to clean), I stained every other stair so I could still go up and down the stairs as needed. I originally wanted to go with a lighter stain but had to chose a darker one to cover all of the stains that were permanently in the stairs.

Day 2: The next morning I stained the other stairs and marked the dry ones with green tape. When my mom came over to help she immediately asked which ones she could walk on and I told her “green means go”. After a good laugh she never forgot which step to use.

Towards the evening I added polyurethane to all of the stair treads, sat back to admire my handy work and realized I accidentally left my Redbull on the dining table at the top of the stairs! 😩 After seriously contemplating climbing over the railing for it, I decided to start working on the office instead.

It makes me so happy because hubby has made comments everyday on how much he likes the stairs now.  I consider this project definitely a win!