On my list of things to do before I can list my home on the MLS (or stay in it and love it that much more) is to re-finish the main staircase. First step — remove the nasty carpet!
I knew that the bulk of this project had to be done in one day because we have to be able to use the stairs. So I figured if I started it, hubby would help me finish when he got home. I had the carpet off the top 3 stairs when he got home from a birthday party with my son.
Here are some before shots.
I started at the top, which was smart, so I always had a clean surface to stand on. Plus you want to be “under” the area you are working on to make it easier to pull the carpet off. Here is the carpet coming off the first step.
That white paint on the right side is from where the builder sprayed the stair skirt white and over-spray got on the steps. I think it will come right off with a little sanding. I hope to stain the stair treads (the part your foot goes on) and probably paint the risers white. Of course I’ll probably change my mind a dozen times!
This is what it looked like (above) when my husband got home. I was glad to see him because my old lady arthritic hands were hurting already. We powered away for the next 2 hours. Hubby used some muscle…
This kids entertained themselves nearby…
I tore my hands up on all those damn staples. I call this shot, “Not so SMART GIRL!” Wear gloves people!!
We took a break at this point (below) to take a family trip to Lowe’s. My 11 year old, Zoe, and I walked and hubby drove. **Side note: I had surgery on my right foot in November and I was told no walking for fitness for at least 12 weeks. So today was officially my first “walk for fitness.” Zoe had fun.**
But don’t worry, the rest of that carpet came off as soon as we got home. Here’s Smart Jr helping to take out staples…
Here are Smart Jr’s pictures of me ripping off the second to last stair.
P.S. Be sure to check out the other staircase posts:
- Bizarre Staircase Platform Fix – Part 1
- Bizarre Staircase Platform Fix – Part 2
- Filling Holes, Sanding + Stripping
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