Why, hello there! In this week’s One Room Challenge post I am getting into the awful mess of refinishing a staircase.
This task is not for the faint of heart. To be 100% truthful it was tremendously tedious and I would NEVER do it again. That said, I don’t like to be negative or a “Debbie Downer”, but you should know what you’re signing up for!
The staircase we refinished is in a century home and we knew that there were probably several layers of paint to deal with. So if you’re finishing a newer staircase with only one or two layers of paint (and newer paint to boot) you might not find this task that gruelling (trying to spin things in a more positive, upbeat direction)!
Before you even start refinishing your staircase, first assess if it’s worth you doing it or hiring this work out to a general contractor. Or should you just replace the treads, balusters, railings or all of the above?
My husband and I are sticklers for trying to keep as much of the original character of our historic home as possible. They just don’t build staircases like this anymore. So I would encourage you to really think about what makes sense for you.
If you’re in an older home and are hell-bent on maintaining as much of the original character as possible, read on. If this isn’t your scene, you can skip down to the photos and look at the blood, sweat and tears (literally) that we poured into bringing this staircase back to life.
Is it perfect? HECK NO! It is a million times better? HELL YES! Was it worth it? I questioned this MANY times during the process, but I would definitely say it REALLY WAS!
*note – we left the risers and the balusters as-is, since we repainted them with a different shade of white
We had to repeat step one to four a couple of times to get to the wood to its natural state.
I love, love, love how the stairs really add another layer of interest to the space! Sure, I could have just painted them black and white but they wouldn’t have the same impact. At the end of the day, I’m really glad that we tackled this project even though it was CRAZY time-consuming. What projects have you taken on that caused instant regret but turned out to be crazy awesome?
Oh, and ladies: be warned, you will need a manicure after a project like this! Trust me!
Can you see this project coming together? Are you just joining the adventure? Check out the other progress posts in my first ever One Room Challenge:
There are so many great designs happening this Spring by the other participants and featured bloggers, be sure to check in and check ’em out! Just a couple more weeks and still so much to do!