Friday, March 23, 2012

A Step up from Carpet ~ House Remodel Part IV

Before & After we ripped out the carpet.
 With the recent purchase of our new home there was a lot of items that either needed to be replaced (like ALL the interior doors) or painted (try EVERYTHING!) and last but not least the upstairs carpet (which was ripped out and burned) okay just ripped out. I knew we would replace the carpet in the rooms upstairs but what about the stairs???? I absolutely did not want to re-carpet them. My whole theme for this house was to "go coastal". If we were going to live by the beach we needed to make a full commitment to the "beach look" which I felt meant an update rather than more carpet.  As my husband repeated over and over, "It would be easier to clean and cheaper to do if we just stuck with carpet" I constantly reminded him of the "look" we were going for. The finished look I told him would be worth the extra money.

Since we are determined DIY'ers I found a company online that would sell us the unstained oak retro-treads and unpainted risers, we could stain, varnish and paint them ourselves.
*Retro stair treads and risers are solid stair treads and risers with a slightly different shape and thickness specifically made to replace a carpeted stair with a new hardwood step of a particular specie or color. Retro replacement stair treads and risers are designed to be installed over the existing stairs in a stairwell. Because the installation is much easier than our traditional 1" treads, the retro stair treads and risers are the perfect products for do-it-yourself'ers...*

As for installing...we could do that as well. After staining and varnishing and painting everything we were ready. After a few bumps and a slow start we got into a rhythm. It is definitely not a "weekend warrior" project. It does take time for stain and varnish to all dry, not to mention the 5 coats of varnish!

After. I think they came out smashing!

After all was said and done we both agreed that our choice was the right one. No carpet! I have some wonderful stair ideas below that show what you can do with stairs besides carpet and they take only time and a little bit of money.

Tape, Patience and a couple quarts of Paint
or how about a roll of wallpaper!

Serena & Lily.....

Bright Bold Colors!!!!

I believe this is a wallpaper

Love the shades of Blues and the Rope railing, so Nautical!

Thanks for taking a peek :0)
Sharon ~


  1. They came out beautiful! I have never heard of this type of product be fore. What a good idea.

  2. Wonderful illustrated information. I thank you about that. No doubt it will be very useful for my future projects. Would like to see some other posts on the same subject!
    Remodelações interiores

  3. Nice to read your article! I am looking forward to sharing your adventures and experiences.


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