2011 is apparently the year of the stairs around here.  After I beautified the stairs in our garage I couldn’t ignore the treads in our foyer any longer!

Here are the stairs at our house inspection 15 months ago:

Last December, I removed the stained and worn runner and painted the spindles and risers white.  What a difference that made to the feel of our house!

I took a break from working on the stairs to finish painting the rest of the house interior.  The plan was to eventually stain the rails dark and refinish the beat up treads the same shade as our natural red oak floors.

But things don’t always go according to plan, now do they?  Last week I showed you the rails stained dark.  We loved the contrast of the dark rail with the light treads,

but after many hours of stripping and sanding, we realized that some of our old, stained, tired treads either needed to be replaced OR……this dramatic alternative!

Envision the tile at the bottom of the stairs replaced with natural (unstained) wood floors
like these in our living room.

I think (hope?  desperately?) that the contrast will be really pretty.

You can see in this picture above that the treads are satin and the piece of wood that the spindles rest in is gloss.  That’s my job for today – a coat of satin poly over the gloss…..after one more cup of coffee!  
If you follow me on Pinterest you may have noticed I’m madly pinning natural (sisal, seagrass and jute) runners on dark stairs – Mark & I love that look and that’s up next in this crazy house.
Also, you may have noticed that the rail on the wall is missing.  It’s time to add a little more architectural interest to those walls!
I’ll share the why and how of my stairs redo with you another day, 
because I’m seriously plum tuckered after this 3-week-long project!
For now I’ll leave you with the latest before, during and after at my house!

Hope you have a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!