Give A Tired Staircase A Budget-Friendly Refresh
6 Materials
2 Days
When Ed O’Riley and his wife, Joanne bought their Plumstead just over 2 years ago, they set about renovating the 60-year old property bit by bit. The kitchen and bathroom were first on the list, but the staircase soon became an eyesore they couldn’t live with.

Here’s how they gave their old staircase a budget-friendly refresh.
STEP 1: Lift the old carpet or fittings and repair any damages to the cement.
STEP 2:Paint the fixed staircase base with a universal undercoat and let dry.

STEP 3: Make paper templates of all the treads and carefully cut the 19mm shutter ply to size.

STEP 4: Seal the wood and leave to dry. Sand between coats (Ed used three coats of Woodoc water-borne sealer).
STEP 5: Fix a piece of foam underlay onto every tread with contact adhesive. This ensures a soft landing on each step.

STEP 6: Fix the wood pieces on top of the underlay with contact adhesive.

STEP 7: Fill in gaps between the wood and the walls with Alcolin flexible wood filler. It’s applied using a caulking gun which gives great control over the amount of filler being dispensed and the exact position. It’s also very important to use a flexible filler to allow for slight movement or expansion/contraction of the wood.

Head to the full post here see how we decorated the treads and to see the result of the transformation!
Head to the full post here see how we decorated the treads and to see the result of the transformation!
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  • Nancy Flemming Nancy Flemming on May 06, 2018

    Awesome job looks great. Can you please tell me what Shutter ply is?

  • Colvena Colvena on May 27, 2018

    HI...did u use half rounds on the plywood edges?

  • Colvena Colvena on May 27, 2018

    I think it came out great. For the edges of the plywood. Did u use half rounds? or sanded the edges?

    Your project looks great! Thanks

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  • L. Creative L. Creative on May 06, 2018

    Just so you saved a ton of money (we paid someone)

  • Lisa Lisa on May 10, 2018

    This almost makes me wish I had stairs! I really love everything about this post. I am not normally a fan of grey - I'm 63 and grey was my grandfather's color! lol BUT - in this instance, I cannot think of a color that would be an improvement on what you did here. It is perfect!