Happy Wednesday! Hope you are having a great week. You may have caught a glimpse of dark hardwood floors in some of my posts. Today I would like to share the stairway transformation that became part of updating to hardwood floors. Here's a sneak peek at how it looks today.
Below you see how our stairway looked before we got started - navy blue carpet with lots of cherry wood.
It was time for some updates!
Before we could get started, my husband and I first had to find common ground in our vision of what an upgrade meant. Our initial translations were just a tad different.
To my husband upgrades meant buying new navy blue carpet to
replace the old navy blue carpet. (mmmmm, no)
To me upgrades meant hardwood floors, with stained treads on the stairs to match the new floors, risers painted white and a much darker handrail.
Once we decided on hardwood flooring (enough said) - I still had it in my head that I also wanted to update the stairway. You might as well know - when I get something in my head I am determined to accomplish it. I joke about Mr Niche's resistance to change sometimes - but he really is a good sport; he concedes that when it comes to decorating that's my area - - and when it's all done - - he's happy when I'm happy. But I still try to incorporate his desires into any major changes.
Sooooo, one day I removed the little wooden plugs and started to sand and sand and sand and wonder what the heck I got my self into and sand and sand and wonder and sand and sand. Seriously - it seemed like a gazillion spindles - okay maybe not quite a gazillion - but there are over 50 of them! Then after all the sanding and cleaning up was done I started to stain and then paint. That part of the process seemed to go much quicker. Sorry, no in between photos.
At some point, I peaked under the carpet - that is when, I slapped it back down and decided to let the treads to the professional. I am determined; however, I also know when to step aside and hire someone. Who knew - there are different types of stairs - one for putting carpet on and the other for looking at - these were not the looking at kind!!!
So here is what we ended up with.
I couldn't find the right color of stain; so I ended up blending colors to match the darkest tones in the hardwood flooring.
A view from the top - that's a lot of spindles!
So do you have a stairway that you would love to update? If so, maybe this can be your inspiration for getting started or maybe you've already refinished yours - either way, I'd love to hear about it.