Entrance Stairway

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Project by WoodTookSoLong posted 1781 days ago 1994 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!

-- Ben

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#1 posted 1781 days ago

Hey WTSL, That looks elegant. Good use of inexpensive materials for a “someone cares” effect.

-- Dave E. "People who are competent are worth the oil it will take to fry them in hell." --Mencken

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#2 posted 1781 days ago

Nicely matched the treads & riser in material and colour. I like the tiles colour/pattern and birch veneer combi.
Great work Ben.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 1780 days ago

Yeah , great job. It really looks nice.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#4 posted 1780 days ago

Nice job on the stairway.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#5 posted 1780 days ago

Another great job Ben.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 1780 days ago

Wow, that was quite an inspiration you had that day. This came out beautifully. As others have said, the color/tone match is right on and the tile adds a brilliant artistic touch. I can’t forget to metion that I laughed out loud at your Grover joke. Too funny! You just better hope the joke never gets to him. He might turn into Super Grover and come after you!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#7 posted 1780 days ago

Thanks, you are all too kind.

Lenny, Super Grover could probably take me down, but my Nacho Libre dad in the last pic has got my back :-)

-- Ben

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#8 posted 1771 days ago

Well, now I know what I’m going to do with my steps at the cabin that go up to our new room addition. I pretty much have the same thing, we just used pine, not actual stair treads either. Thanks for the great idea.

-- Janice

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#9 posted 1728 days ago

Thrifty and nicely done. It really adds a nice touch to an otherwise neglected area.

Did the foil wall paper do that to your Dad???

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#10 posted 1299 days ago

looks real nice every thing goes together made a nice entrance.


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