Entrance Stairway

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Project by WoodTookSoLong posted 10-12-2009 07:28 AM 2198 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 10-12-2009 12:13 PM

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 10-12-2009 12:15 PM

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 10-12-2009 02:13 PM

Yeah , great job. It really looks nice.

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

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#4 posted 10-12-2009 02:21 PM

Nice job on the stairway.

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#5 posted 10-12-2009 05:16 PM

Another great job Ben.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 10-12-2009 05:41 PM

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 10-13-2009 02:11 AM

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 10-22-2009 12:08 AM

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 12-04-2009 06:19 AM

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 02-05-2011 01:59 PM

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


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