Sunday, May 28, 2006
I have been working on the stair remodeling lately...between graduation shindigs and end of the school year hubub. The stairway history is this. 17 years ago, (a blink of the eye new parents!) when the house was new, the stairway was carpeted with the same carpet that ran through the entire second floor. Being carpeted, the treads were put in with rough white board like you might buy for shelving. Out of sight, out of mind.
Of course, all carpet is gone now, so the stairs will be seen and must stand on their own .
Last summer, I bought 14 bullnosed pine treads and stained them while I was staining trim and other bits. They have sat in the living room, stacked behind the couch, where they made a convenient shelf for bills, books, CD's, stray socks, magazines, etc. (Sound familiar Laura?)
A couple of weekends ago, I pried off all the old tread boards. After work, when I could stand it, I measured and custom cut each new tread to fit. I'm going to make a little jig to pre drill and countersink screw holes in each tread, then glue in a little wood plug to hide the screw. I was able to use the existing risers, after some cleaning and a fresh stain, ... that was a labor and time saver.
Of course matching stain colors to ensure consistency is important in a project like this. I use the Flounder method and find it to be quite satisfactory.
Yup, that'll do.
Posted by R.Powers at 7:51 AM