If it was a straight up and down type of staircase with decent wood underneath the carpeting, I know we could have tackled it ourselves….
However, I think it’s really important to know your limits as a DIY’er!
So we called in a professional home renovation contractor that specializes in railings! We tracked down the exact name and color of the hardwood that was used on our main floor. I called the office of the builder that built the house 6 years ago and asked if they still were using our hardwood in new home construction and they were! They told me where to order it as well as the exact name and codes. This allowed us to match exactly the stain, color and grain of hardwood to match the rest of the home!
Then we let our contractor use his expertise to measure, measure, measure some more and cut each of the pieces individually to fit!
He removed the carpeting, removed the banister and spindles, cut and laid the hardwood treads, painted the risers then added the new wall molding. Lots of work!
New hardwood treads: lots of angles and cuts!
New molding added to walls:
I love the results!
Bye-bye nasty shaggy, boring beige carpeting and Hello beautiful rich, glossy hardwood!
The new molding installed along the walls looks fabulous as well!
Soooo much better, don’t you think?
I’m so glad we have this project finished – what a huge difference it makes! I look at it everyday and it makes me smile!
Here are some tips I’m passing on from our experience if you ever decide to makeover your stairs using a contractor:
1. Make sure your contractor is reputable: Does he/she have a website? Is he registered with a business association? Does he have pictures of other home’s and projects he’s done? Are they your style and have a quality look?
2. Make sure your contractor supplies and installs plastic dust sheet covers for your furniture: Believe me there will be lots of dust! Our contractor covered all of our furniture, sofa, tables, TV ect with big sheets of clear plastic and because our home is open concept he also installed plastic temporary ‘walls’ to prevent the movement of the dust into other rooms. It worked beautifully and I’m so glad he did this! We did have some dust on our floors around the staircase but it was very easy to vacuum up.
3. Decide on wether you want your stair risers to be hardwood, to match the stair treads, or painted white: