|Project by WoodTookSoLong||posted 10-12-2009 07:28 AM||2369 views||5 times favorited||10 comments|
This was one of my first “big” woodworking projects. We moved into our home back in 2005 and did a bunch of renos the week before we moved in. One of the renos was removing the ugly blue carpet that resembled a trampled Grover muppet from Sesame Street after a night of binge drinking. The carpet came out no problem, however I didn’t think of what to do with the stairs until after it was out.
I was installing laminate on the floor at the top of the stairs (couldn’t afford the hardwood) but I knew that it wouldn’t work on stairs very nicely. After thinking about it for a few minutes I thought “Why don’t I just refinish the original wood slabs the builder put in?” So I did.
I don’t think they were supposed to be stair treads, but after I sanded the tops like crazy to get enough of the dents and scratches out and then clear varathaned them with about 6 coats it didn’t look too bad. I added a $7 tile from the Depot with some birch veneer on the sides for my risers and glued them to the back. I also varathaned them until them couldn’t move. They ended up matching the laminate pretty nicely and my wife and I are pleased with the result…especially when you compare it to the “before” shot with my dad posing at the door—no he’s not a Mexican wrestler, just not sure if he wants to be in the limelight :-) Oh, and check out the foil wallpaper the previous owners had…yuck!