I already showed you the super weird platform created by my curved staircase in this post, but let’s revisit.
You would think this platform must be a common occurrence when you have a circular staircase up against two walls. So there must be some great ideas out there for what to do with the space left in the corner, right? Not so much. In my neighborhood all the models with my type of stairs have the same crazy platform. To clarify, I consider it crazy because (1) it is two different levels, making it super hard to display anything in the sunken area and (2) the whole freaking platform was covered in CARPET!
I must admit, the weird platform did get some use during parties, when the kids would go hang out up there. But now that it’s been “fixed” they can still sit there, it just doesn’t look so horrifying. Plus the kids are a heck of a lot bigger now, so they probably won’t fit that well on the platform anyway.
Anyway, getting back to the renovation… first I removed the carpet, then cut the overhang with a jigsaw.
Then I cut out a piece of plywood to fit over the existing space, so now it is all one level. Thank goodness!
So picking up where we left off… I cut the plywood and made sure it fit the space, then I brought it outside and stained it. I painted it on with a brush, then after about 10 minutes I wiped the excess off with a rag. Next time I think I’ll skip the paint brush and just use a rag. The supports are simple stacked 2x4s. I glued the plywood down and then used my finish nailer to attach it.
The 4′ x 8′ piece of plywood wasn’t big enough to cover the entire area, so I made a second, smaller piece to fill the gap. Now it just needs to be attached and some trim added.
Attaching trim on a curved wall isn’t so easy. I was having a hard time just finding the right trim to use. First I bought foam casing from Lowe’s. It’s actually polystyrene, the same stuff used to make plastic cutlery. So bad for the environment! The reason I went with the foam casing was so I could bend it around the wall. It worked great on the right side, where the curve was not as steep, but I couldn’t get it to bend enough to work on the left side. I tried cutting slits in the back of the molding but when I tried to bend it, it freaking broke. Damn it.
I checked Home Depot for alternatives and there were none. Back to Lowe’s, where I talked to a dude who tried to special order me flexible molding. I almost choked when he told me a 12′ piece would be $180. Um, no. I moved on to wood. I researched how to steam and bend wood molding. I borrowed a steamer and was ready to go, but I decided to try the polystyrene molding again. I was able to get it to work by using two pieces, each with the right amount of bend. They came in 7′ lengths and were under $6.
Here’s me installing the trim molding.
But since I ended up using two pieces, I had to find a way to join them together.
Here it is installed. I had to fill the nail holes and the seem, and spackle the ends too.
Finally the platform is done. Yay! What do you think?
I can’t even explain to you how much better this staircase makes me feel!!! I’m loving it! What do you think?