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Weekend Project – Installing New Stair Treads

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Have you ever dreamt of having beautiful hardwood stairs but your stairs look something like this? Did you know that you do not have to rip out your old stairs?
  • weekend project installing new stair treads
These were the stairs in my son's 1950's fixer upper. After months of renovation, after the carpeting was pulled up and asbestos tile was removed, the drywall guys came and dripped spackle all over the stairs followed by layer upon layer of sanded spackle dust capped off with paint drips.

I thought he would go with carpeting to cover up those ugly steps but he had other ideas, hardwood.
  • weekend project installing new stair treads
He was able to order stair treads from StairSupplies.com.  The site has everything you would need to redo your stairs including treads, risers,  railings and balusters.

Their new stair treads came unfinished and ready for stain and polyurethane.  These treads were the  1/2″ white oak with 1″ nose.
  • weekend project installing new stair treads
After one coat of stain and 3 coats of polyurethane, the treads matched their hardwood floors.
  • weekend project installing new stair treads
The existing curved nosing was cut with a circular saw and chisel.  Keith assured me that he knew exactly what to do getting his expert advice from Youtube.
  • weekend project installing new stair treads
You can buy stair risers but they chose to use the existing knotty pine boards as the backing for their stairs.  The gap where the knotty pine hit the cut off nose was covered with a 1/4″ x 1″ trim board.
  • weekend project installing new stair treads
The stair risers had to have holes filled, sanded,  primed and painted before adding the new stair treads.
  • weekend project installing new stair treads
Each stair tread was measured and cut individually then attached with builders adhesive and several finishing nails at the back of the tread.

If they had installed the risers, those finishing nails would have been covered up by the riser from the stair above it.
  • weekend project installing new stair treads
Right now I have carpeting over my stairs but these new treads turned out so gorgeous I may have inspired myself to do a project.

Make sure you head over to my website for more amazing before and after pictures. And if you're into metal working, his uncle designed and built him a new railing which turned out stunning, it may give you ideas for your home.

To see more: http://scavengerchic.com/2017/04/03/weekend-project-installing-new-stair-treads/

Got a question about this project?

  • A Crafty Mix - Michelle

    Wow, those work beautifully. Great job

  • William
    William Burbank, IL

    What a great coverup for cheap builders stairs. Love the concept. This will help out a lot of Hometalkers. Super share and a great job!

  • Linda McKnight

    whats the cost?

    • T
      T Martinsburg, WV

      They are pricey...depending on wood and size they start at $35 a tread but the look is amazing. Lowes carries them as well. Not quite as nice but more like $28 each.

  • Brenda  S.
    Brenda S. North Brunswick, NJ

    Looks great!!

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