Thursday, September 30, 2010

Help Me Please!
My stairs is a disaster!
I would love to say that this is my stairs.

or this...

or this.

But ails, just a small little ordinary stairs. In my ordinary house.

The standard kind that builders installed in the 80's when wall to wall carpet was the thing.

Well flash forward to 2010. Every one wants hard wood floors including me. After raising three active children. I think I'm ready for something different. So thanks to you all I have been encouraged to move forward. Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick is one of my many inspirations. She has a lovely home and some great ideas.

Well I ripped off the old carpet and this is what I have. (Prepare yourself it's ugly!)

Told ya so.

This past summer I took the plunge. After the old beige carped was removed, this is how it looks now. I wanted to cry. I still do. I found a crafts man to repair and install a closet system for my daughter and some other house repairs. (Bear with me.) He said he could repair and restore my stairs. Wow! What a super idea. ( I know, I know!) It gets better!

So he repaired, talked, painted, talked, stripped, talked, and sanded. Did tell you he sanded? OMG! Did I mention he was a recovering prescription drug user? (I know!) Oh, did I also mention he was my daughters BFF's father? She told me he needed the work because the family was down on their luck.

What can I say. I'm a slow learner. Ha ha. Well several weeks later, He just didn't show up one day. (I think he fell off the wagon.) I didn't say anything, I just wanted to move on.

My dad always said " If ya want anything done right you've got to do it yourself". Wise words from my dad!

Please help! Send advise or pictures. Anything!


Bonnie said...

Omg! Well, I am not a person to ask for advice on that, but I think if you strip the varnish off those steps, and then sand, you could stain them and then repaint with the white, they would be very pretty. I can't tell what the material is for the landing there, but if it just like the steps that would be good. If it is just plywood, you will have to think of an alternative, like a small rug right there. Good luck!

Peggy said...

The landing is some kind of pressed board. It will be a slow process I'm sure. Hey I made some super pumpkin bread tonight and thought of you. Ha ha. :)

Simply A Farmer's Wife said...

Peggy, I recently saw some amazing photos on stairs but cannot remember where. I'm going to look until I find them and send them to you. I would do what Bonnie suggested and stain them {dark walnut} and re-paint the white. As for the landing I'm stuck on ideas. Probably a rug. And sorry he didn't show up but it was probably for the best! ;)

Peggy said...

Hey Jess, thanks so much for looking. I think I need to buy a little hand sander and get to work. If you find any ideas please pass them along.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I think if you sand more then varnish the wood and paint the risers white it would look awesome! Thanks for your visit today!

Peggy said...

Kristin, thanks for the suggestion. I really need all the help I can get! I love all the molding in your photos!