Thursday, November 4, 2010

Staircase Reveal!!! Deployment Project # 31

I am so excited about my latest deployment project!

MY STAIRCASE REDO!!!!

Below is a photo of my staircase with carpet on it.  My staircase is actually in the kitchen, and leads up to our bonus room. My kids are not allowed to leave the kitchen with food, so they sit on the steps to eat their snacks....(much to my dismay) So, the carpet was just filthy, and I couldn't stand looking at it

one.second.longer.

So, I had the carpet taken up and replaced with hardwood steps!!!!


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The same people who did my board and battan HERE also did my steps for me. 

So, this was not a DIY project as far as putting the steps in, but it was a DIY stain and paint job!!! I did all the staining and painting!!!

First I sanded and stained the steps BEFORE they were put in. I think this saved me alot of headaches, instead of trying to stain them after they were installed...

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I used Min Wax with polyurethane already in it.

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After the first coat dried, I used a piece of steel wool to "sand" the wood before I put another coat on...this is what the directions said to do.

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The more coats of stain, the darker it appears. I wanted it as dark as I could get it, so I put on 3 or 4 coats....I lost count! ha!
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And here are my new steps!!!!

Can you say "GORGEOUS?!?!?"

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After everything was stained, dried and installed, I went back and painted all the white trim, including the risers in between the steps.

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I'm soooo in L.O.V.E with my new iron spindles and new post....

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Okay, so let's take another look at BEFORE..

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And here is the AFTER...

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It makes SUCH a difference!!! So much cleaner and crisp looking!

I love them!

What do you think???


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35 comments:

Miller Family said...

Beautiful! I do love them!!! Ryan won't believe that is house when he gets home!

Brandi said...

Your steps are really gorgeous! I am totally inspired to start on my own! thanks for sharing!!!!

Casa Cannon said...

oh yea, that is impressive! looks amazing!

Cheryl said...

Wow does that look nice! Stopping by from NFF:)

Johnnie said...

GREAT playlist. Love the stairs too. Hi! I am a new follower from Friday's blog hops. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog. Blessings...
Saved By Love Creations

Humble Bee said...

Indeed,polished & sharp and much easier to keep clean. Do you want to grab your passport and come do my stairs. LOL
~Becki

Melissa said...

What a wonderful transformation! Great choices and great job!

Lindsay said...

Found you on New Friend Friday... the stairs look amazing!!! SO much better than the carpet. Great job!
Lindsay@ThatVillageHouse

Michaela said...

Oh my goodness!! This is great (: So modern and beautiful. And I love the stain you used!

Kaitlyn said...

The stairs look beautiful! Just stopped by after seeing your link at Thrifty Decor Chick...cute blog & just started following! Check out mine at http://nestdecorator.blogspot.com

Kaitlyn @ The Birds Nest

Chris said...

Oh. my. WORD! It's absolutely fabulous! Those stairs were meant for that treatment! Beautiful!

Kathiey said...

Wow what a difference, looks great.
Visiting you from New Friend Friday.
Thanks for your post
Kathiey:-)

Marie said...

Hi there, new follower from the NFF Blog Hop. I look forward to reading more from you. :) I love the steps...it looks really gorgeous. Love it so much better than the carpet.

Please come by and visit/follow me too. Thanks so much. Marie

The Things We Find Inside

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

this is the MAIN reason i really want to buy a house.... this looks absolutely breath taking!!! awesome job!!

Lisa said...

Wow - a really beautiful transformation! I have to show this post to my husband - we are just about to repaint and stain our stairs. We ripped the carpet off on a whim and suddenly it's become an urgent project! Thanks for sharing your inspiring photos!

PamMa said...

VERY PRETTY and well worth the effort!

Honey said...

You really did a great job. The stairs look fab. I just become a new follower, and will be watching for you next project.

Anna said...

wow, they look amazing!

Kristyn @ Good Gravy Crafts said...

Will you come to my house and redo my stairs! These are amazing!!! What a GREAT job!!!
Thanks for sharing!
xx-Kristyn

Kate said...

I saw this on Just A Girl. LOVE it! It looks awesome!

Stephanie said...

Just a Girl posted this and she was right, this is amazing. I love the new look.

Gina said...

Just beautiful! I always prefer wood flooring to carpet and in this case the difference is just amazing!

patinjoe said...

This is awesome !! I'm saving your pics because I have a balcony kitchen & I could use this as inspiration for my steps ! Great post !

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

I have been wanting to do this to my stairs forever. The carpet has to go. Do you know what kind of wood to buy? Do you just glue it to whatever is existing on the stairs?

Christa

Tammy said...

Wow! I just love your stairs! It doesn't even look like the same space. Great job!

Kirsty said...

So absolutely gorgeous! Nice work!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Your new stairs look outstanding...sooooo much better than the carpet!!

Blessings,
Linda

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jen @ {decor junkie} said...

Those look fantastic! I wish I had stiar that I could do this to. Love it!

Mandy said...

You are just AMAZING!!
I love this, please come do mine!!

& we have the EXACT same iron spindles on our front staircase!!
Great minds, my friend...great minds! ;)

Shannon @ The House Creative said...

so jealous! I cant convince my husband to do this yet. He is worried about the kids falling on wood floors.. ugh, darn kids. JK. :-) Your stairs look beautiful! How difficult was it to put in the spindles?

Sjn said...

I love wood stairs and yours look amazing!
Did you do anything to darken the banister? I need to know before I replace all my spindles, so please, do tell?

InMyOwnStyle said...

I am in the middle of re-doing my foyer stairs. Removing the carpet was the hardest part, plus so many staples to remove. Your steps came out beautifully, especially since you had hardwood put in. Just beautiful. Your photos are so clear and vivid. What camera do you use?
My best- Diane

Gabby said...

GIRLLLL!! I LOVE all of the things you have done lately!!! They all look FAB!!!! Great job!!!

craftyashley said...

That is EXACTLY what I want to do with my stairs! I've heard dark stained wood shows fuzz and dust more, what would you say? (I want a dark finish to match my cabinetry- surely sweeping some stairs is way easier than cleaning the carpet, right?!)

Kimberly said...

i LOVE these. i LOATHE carpet on stairs. we just put an offer on a house and i want to do this. did you replace the risers too? i priced the steps at lowe's this weekend. did you use oak or pine? the pine was WAY cheaper. i would be staining them like you did.