Weekend Project – Installing New Stair Treads
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?
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.
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.
After one coat of stain and 3 coats of polyurethane, the treads matched their hardwood floors.
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.
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.
The stair risers had to have holes filled, sanded, primed and painted before adding the 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.
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.
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Published May 5th, 2017 8:32 AM