Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Stairway Update

This staircase is going to be the death of me.  I am certain.

See all those tiny bits of carpeting still stuck on the stairs?  Well, instead of using a tack strip, like normal carpet installers would, the old homeowners thought a quick upholstery stapler was the solution.  This is what my husband likes to call a 'JimmyJoe' job.  Terribly awful DIY skills were used by the previous homeowners in this house.  I could go on, but I won't.

Instead, I'll tell you about the four blisters on my hands.  I got them from removing all those staples from the oak treads and risers using a pair of needle nose pliers.  My hands were bleeding!   So much for that manicure...

Now that the staples have been removed, I am hard at work  sanding, prepping and painting my staircase.  Here are the colours we have chosen:

BM Chelsea Gray for the treads.

BM White Dove for the risers and trim.

Yes, this means I will be painting out the trim on the entire staircase.  It is looking rather horrible right now - chipped and dingy cream coloured paint.  This should be quite an improvement!  I will be back with more progress shots on Friday!

xo Meg


  1. I feel your pain! We had both tack strips and upholstery staples in our stairs. And those suckers take out chunks of wood when you remove them (might be better in your oak stairs - ours were pine).

    The end result will be worth it for sure!

  2. OH NO! What a nightmare... but the upside is that, that part is now behind you and soon your stairs will be beautiful! No more dingy carpet and some fresh new paint. Love the colours you picked and can't wait to see those progress shots! :)

  3. Wow!What a job! You go girl! That is going to be quite a job! Angie xo

  4. Good luck! I can only imagine how much work is involved, but hopefully knowing how amazing they're going to look will keep you going!

  5. This is not what I want to hear (read) as I'm trying to convince the hubs to help me tackle our basement stairs. Maybe I'll wait til your finished and show him your fab after pics before I bring it up to him. :) I'm thinking you need a manicure afterwards as a reward for your hard work. They can massage those blisters away.

  6. I have something similar that needs work - leading to the finished basement. Soon it will have to be covered - paint or carpet, not sure. I look forward to seeing the transformation. Great colors!

  7. Hi Meg,
    Thanks for stopping by our blog and following Bethany's progress on her ORC!! Your stairs are going to look great. A lot of prep work I see--Im sorry! It will be so worth it.
    Good luck,

  8. Oh my! That's a lot of work! Can't wait to see it finished.. it'll be worth it, for sure!