Randy Stewart
Randy Stewart
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Staircase Project develops mind of it's own

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Stairway To Moi...
After pulling up and purging that staircase carpet, I stared at a bare nail infested staircase waiting to be beautiful...
Certainly glad to post only finishing photos as this project had some messy moments. It's now a real treat enroute to the entertainment room or bedroom.
After pulling up the carpet, I had no idea what I'd do for a new look but granted myself unlimited creative license. Certainly had the energy reserve for it!
I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved out with a dremel tool. Thank God for Dremel or I'd be finding another hobby real quick! I simply pour half-inch thick layers of cement on boards, allow drying for thirty minutes and carving out the basic shape or design. Once fully dry, I further carve and detail the pieces with a dremel tool.
For steps, backer or cement board applied to face of each step before applying mortar for tile and grout. I used a pre-mixed nutmeg colored tile grout. After securing tile with mortar, huge amounts of mortar filled in tile surrounding surfaces. Once dry, I used several layers of semi-gloss sealer to lock it in and bring out the colors.
The staircase wall was covered with a thin layer of mortar to create a rough surface. Two more very thin layers applied with finishing detail. No tools were successfully used in creating this effect other than my bare hands. Yes, it came down to just using my hands. The gloves also had to go, as they would not hold up very long before tearing. Once the icicle effect was completed, I hot glued the glass beads and finished the wall with several layers of sealer.
The connecting kitchen bar was done like the stair steps. However, I combined wood and hand formed cement tiles on the face of the bar. The bar top is stepping stone and glass tile. I've used the same techniques into the kitchen and onto the fireplace.
Now I'll take a week break before completing finishing touches. Hopefully these photos will provide a glimpse of my desperately needed change. Enjoy!
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Staircase-I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved with a dremel tool.  Risers combined with portland cement and nutmeg colored grout.
Staircase-I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved with a dremel tool. Risers combined with portland cement and nutmeg colored grout.
Staircase-I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved with a dremel tool.  Risers combined with portland cement and nutmeg colored grout.
Staircase-I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved with a dremel tool. Risers combined with portland cement and nutmeg colored grout.
Staircase-I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved with a dremel tool.  Risers combined with portland cement and nutmeg colored grout.
Staircase-I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved with a dremel tool. Risers combined with portland cement and nutmeg colored grout.
Staircase-I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved with a dremel tool.  Risers combined with portland cement and nutmeg colored grout.
Staircase-I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved with a dremel tool. Risers combined with portland cement and nutmeg colored grout.
Staircase-I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved with a dremel tool.  Stone work is standard patio stone combined with odds and ends in left over wood.  Risers combined with portland cement and nutmeg colored grout.
Staircase-I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved with a dremel tool. Stone work is standard patio stone combined with odds and ends in left over wood. Risers combined with portland cement and nutmeg colored grout.
staircase project develops mind of it s own, concrete masonry, home decor, stairs
staircase project develops mind of it s own, concrete masonry, home decor, stairs
Staircase-I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved with a dremel tool.  Risers combined with portland cement and nutmeg colored grout.
Staircase-I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved with a dremel tool. Risers combined with portland cement and nutmeg colored grout.
Staircase-I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved with a dremel tool.  Risers combined with portland cement and nutmeg colored grout.
Staircase-I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved with a dremel tool. Risers combined with portland cement and nutmeg colored grout.
Staircase-I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved with a dremel tool.  Risers combined with portland cement and nutmeg colored grout.
Staircase-I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved with a dremel tool. Risers combined with portland cement and nutmeg colored grout.
Staircase-I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved with a dremel tool.  Risers combined with portland cement and nutmeg colored grout.
Staircase-I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved with a dremel tool. Risers combined with portland cement and nutmeg colored grout.
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  • Ashton Plymale
    on Sep 28, 2017

    love the stairs but want to know about the wall below them, how did you accomplish that?
    • Randy Stewart
      on Sep 29, 2017

      Howdy Ashton,
      The wall below the actual staircase and little storage room is covered in portland cement! Simply mixed portland cement and water into plastic buckets and then took hand fulls of wet cement, one handful at a time, and smothered onto the wall surface. After a day of drying, I continued with thicker layers and lines up and down the surface. Also embedded glass beads throughout the entire surface. Another day of drying, and I began applying paint and sprayed on water to add color throughout.

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