We have lived in our current house for about six and a half years, so for about six and a half years I have despised our wall-to-wall carpet especially on the stairs. Besides not being a huge fan of the color (previous owner’s pick) it is an extremely high traffic area that just never looks clean enough. Thanks to some inspiration from Pinterest and a few hours of research on the interwebs, we finally found a solution, ditch the carpet and refinish the wood below. We figured worse case scenario if it did not work order new wall-to-wall carpet for the stairs and second floor as we’ve been planning to do anyway. I am delighted to report that scenario will not need to happen. The stairs are looking marvelous! In addition to ditching the carpet we also took out the half wall that served as a railing. We will be installing wrought-iron balusters, a wood hand rail and a newel post in our next phase of construction. See below for what we’ve been able to accomplish thus far.
Products we used:
- wall colors – Behr Premium Plus Ultra satin, silver sage ul210-8 & Behr Premium Plus satin, desert caravan 300D-5
- trim color – Kilz Premium Primer & Behr Premium semi-gloss, pure white
- stair stain – Minwax Gel Stain, red elm (To my surprise we achieved the color we wanted with one coat applied with a rag. I highly recommend applying the stain and poly on every other step so everyone can still access the upstairs)
- poly top coat – Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane
Links to others who inspired us through this endeavor: