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Blog entry by james posted 03-23-2012 02:20 AM 1005 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So we bought a house a few months ago that was built in 1907. So ther

e are obviously many projects to start. I figured this one would be a good one to share. Its the stairwell! It was fully painted so I figured lets strip it down to see if the wood underneath could be brought back to life….nope its all low grade pine so…. new project is to resurface the whole thing. Some of you may have this so you know how fun it will be esp in an old house with nothing square. Lol


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#1 posted 03-23-2012 02:39 AM

Project like this can feel like “moneypit” surprises under paint, walls floor. After you have completed it, you can look and say I DID THIS .
Quite rewarding.
Good Luck.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#2 posted 03-23-2012 03:50 AM

Good luck my friend, if you have weeks upon weeks of time you could tear that down and build yourself a fancy spiral staircase…

-- I never finish anyth

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#3 posted 03-23-2012 08:58 AM

Welcome to my world! My house was built in 1910 – not a right angle in the place.


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#4 posted 03-23-2012 05:23 PM

My house was built in the 20’s. My staircase was painted with a latex paint with a red, white, and blue theme. Not that I am unpatriotic, I just didn’t exactly want to pledge the allegiance on my way up and I was tired of people sliding on the steps on the way down. Hoped, as you did, that some wood marvel would appear. Each step was actually two boards with a seam clearly visible down the middle. At some point, someone used carpet in the past, the small tack nails look like it was hammered in with an automatic weapon. I stripped several layers of brown, pink, green, and red, white and blue paint to make this discovery. Now I will probably arrange for it to be carpeted again and just the landings sanded and stained to bring out the better wood quality. I definitely feel your pain.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#5 posted 03-23-2012 09:47 PM

My former house was like that, a nightmare but when it was finally done, we made a tidy profit when it sold above the asking price in a bidding war! Good luck!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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