I took old carpet off basement stairs and now I need advice badly!

There is no overhang or whatever that is that is on the top of each stairs...tread? And, there is this ugly black stuff on most of the stairs....and, the second step from the bottom has a post or something that was cut out....there's also the ugly paneling on one side and it looks like something on the other....any advice for how to make this look better but with as little cost involved as possible? Thanks.
8614 on Jan 17, 2012
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  • KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    The "normal way" to dress up stairs is to lay hardwood "treads" and risers

    This process begins at the bottom with the first riser being installed. Then the first tread, this process repeats until

  • Beth B Birmingham, AL
    I just posted pics of my basement staircase remodel in another thread. You can see a pic here:


  • Shirley G Geneseo, IL
    Jerrod, there were carpet tacks that I pried out...this black stuff was still under it all...didnt seem to act as a glue but maybe at one time it was.
  • Beth B Birmingham, AL
    Here is a better pic of their room with paneling before and afters: http://theletteredcottage.net/flor-floor-til...
  • Beth B Birmingham, AL
  • Shirley G Geneseo, IL
    Thank you for your pics Beth B. My biggest dilemma still is...since none of my stairs seem to have an overhang (tread)? on them....each stair is shaped like a box, do I just pain them or try and buy treads for each? If I do buy treads, do I need
  • Beth B Birmingham, AL
    If you add new treads on top of the existing ones it's going to raise the height of each step so your top and bottom steps will be higher than normal and might cause a trip hazard. Something to consider. But on the other hand, new treads will cover the
  • I did a quick sketch for you on how to make these stairs look new again.

    First off. The black stuff on the riser is the foam backing left over from a carpet. Most likely an old indoor outdoor one.

  • Beth B Birmingham, AL
    Just ran across this on pinterest and thought it might help you: http://prudentprojects.blogspot.com/2011/03/...
  • Shirley G Geneseo, IL
    Beth, love the look of the stairs that were painted and beadboard used! I am only wondering how they werent slippery after being painted with the oil paint? I really think me and my 12 yr old might try to do this with our stairs!!
  • Connie S Winter Garden, FL
    Shirley, I love the natural wood. Lots of work but what if you sanded them down then clear coated them with PLAYBOX sand thrown into the clear coat. We did this with paint in a trailer and the non skid is great.
  • Shirley G Geneseo, IL
    Connie....Do you have any pics of the final product done that way?? I've never heard of it...Also, what about the box shape of the stairs? Doesnt it need to have a tread with an overhang?? I think these are the rough construction that was left that
  • That overhang is called a bullnoise and padding always sticks.
  • Beth B Birmingham, AL
    http://www.sherwin-williams.com/pro/products... We used this on our stairs and they are SUPER slip resistant. Highly recommend.
  • Shirley G Geneseo, IL
    Beth...Love that look with that helpful link you posted above! That is the way we have decided to go and I will post pics once we're finished....right now we have a kitchen project underway too! ugh....older homes...they can become money pits!