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The Next Step, Staircase Remodel Project

08 June 2011

Sorry I am so slow with posts.... honestly it drives me crazy not having the time to do it, but hopefully when I grow up I will be really good at it!  (that is IF I ever grow up...hum)

The last time we talked about the staircase remodel we had removed the railing and all the carpeting, and begun to redesign the newel posts.

The Plan

So let's show you what we did next.  We were left with this:


If you remember our plan rendering, the bottom two stairs are wide to help make it feel more custom and not so builder grade.  Which means we needed to build them out a bit.  Well, that translates to a longer "Honey Do List".

Poor man, I am not sure he was planning on a life of servitude when he asked me to marry him.  (good thing he actually likes this kind of work!) THANK YOU HONEY!

When working on these sort of projects, we usually put the babies to sleep, grab a treat, and a bunch of scrap paper and wood so that we can discuss (in 3d) how we each see it working, and what looks right.  We move these little scraps around, do a lot of measuring, discuss a little, draw a lot of little sketches and then when we are happy and the project gets on it's merry way!

Once the pieces were all measured and ready to install, we (okay, maybe not we exactly just Justin) cut the flooring out of the way.  Then nailed and glued the new stairs supports in place.

We also took off all the stair treads one at a time and sanded them, to get all the junk off- namely the heck-a ugly plaster texture that landed on the stairs from the walls- (my love for this house would be so much more if it didn't have that darn texture on the walls (and everywhere else it landed...urgh!)

Anyway, while the stairs were off we also routed the front two edges, to give them a prettier nose.  Then we put them back down temporarily held in place with a few screws (there were still a few problems that needed  to be addressed- that I will show you next time)

Like all the Christmas and other holiday storage boxes under my stairs?... No I didn't spend money on pretty boxes, darn!

Next Justin installed the bottom two treads, by gluing them with construction adhesive and the framing nailer.

We actually had to buy two more 2 x 12's, and since the stairs were so much bigger, and we couldn't use the original.  In order to make them look sorta older like the others, we choose to just nail them right in and not hide the nail holes, because the other boards still had theirs showing.

The second stair tread slid into place around the future newel post support.

Okay, so now the treads are in place, sanded and ready to be finished, the problem?  A minimum of 1/2 inch gaps on either side of the treads (see picture below).   So we had to figure out a way to fill the gap.  Which I will explain next time.

Read it all: The PlanPart 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5 and Part 6

Remodelaholic is written by Cassity and Justin.  Cassity has a degree in interior design and Justin is a landscape architect, so we adore everything that makes up a HOME!  We love to share home remodeling ideas and projects we’re working on. From huge kitchen renovation ideas to small bathroom remodels, there isn’t anything we won’t try to tackle (at least once!).  We  are in the midst of our third whole home renovation, so there should be a lot more inspiration coming your way.  We hope that you will stop by often for home design inspiration, tutorials, interior design tips, delicious recipes and what is going on in our family life.


Erin June 8, 2011 at 5:30 PM  

Wow! That looks like a ton of work, but well worth it. My husband has also entered a life of servitude...and thankfully he likes it, as well. :)

Catherine June 8, 2011 at 5:30 PM  

I get so excited every time a new post from you comes up in my RSS because I'm dying to see how this all turns out! Looks good so far. Can't wait to see the final product!

Prior June 8, 2011 at 5:30 PM  

It's looking good! I like your black door, think that is what I have finally decided to go with.

Lesley Litrento June 8, 2011 at 5:44 PM  

I am worried about the Huggies diapers. lol What is going to happen to those diapers when you make it further up the stairs!!!!!!!!! Just joking. lol Can't wait to see the final results. Looks great so far.

Amy C June 8, 2011 at 6:50 PM  

I can't wait to see the finished stairs! I've really enjoyed seeing the work you guys are doing to them. It's looking great so far!

laxsupermom June 9, 2011 at 6:43 AM  

I can't wait to see the next step, because we're walking on stairs with that ugly half inch gap around them right now. I ripped up the carpet, meaning to completely finish them, then moved onto other projects. Terrific series! Thanks for sharing.

L-A Land June 22, 2011 at 12:49 PM  

I have been wanting to do this on our staircase. it looks like a lot more work than i was thinking. looking awesome though....

At The Picket Fence August 19, 2011 at 6:16 PM  

Wow! It's looking so good Cassity! Both Vanessa and I are wanting to do this in our homes so you are inspiring us. :) Thank you for sharing your project with us at Inspiration Friday...can't wait of for the next installment.


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