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!


René said...

Wow! It looks great Lisa! Staying tuned to see how you architectural detail. Would love to add a seagrass runner to our stairs too.

Michelle @ Ten June said...

HOLY COW! It looks amazing, Lisa! It will look fabulous with the light wood floors. Bravo!

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

They look so lovely, Lisa! BEAUTIFUL! Jealous!

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

WOW! Another fabulous stair makeover! If I had a house with stairs, that is exactly what I would want!

Jenny said...

So lovely and classic! Cant wait to see the runner you choose. I have stairs in desperate need of this treatment!

A Vintage Vine said...

So wonderful! I am soooooo far behind you! What did you put on the landing or was the wood already there?

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what a huge difference. I love the dark stain, your stairs is stunning. Such a lovely job. Hugs, Marty

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

I love what you have done! I have been obsessed with stairs lately since I have been thinking of updating mine from the plain oak. You really did a great job!

Jean @ Flower Hill said...

Looks great! Love the dark stain!

Noelle said...

Wow they came out amazing!! I can envision the sisal runner and I can't wait to see the architectural detail on those walls. You all did an amazing job!!

Sarah, Three Boys said...

Absolutely STUNNING. I love the contrast. That before and after is amazing:)

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Looks like your hard work definitely paid off! I'm just loving the final result. The sisal runner is going to be the icing on the cake :)

Privet and Holly said...

I wanted to do something
similar but had to compromise
with my hubby as he has
slipped down the stairs a
few times, even with it
carpeted! So, we installed
wood in our upstairs hallway
and our master bedroom
and replaced the carpet on
the stairs in the kid's rooms.
The things we do for love.....!
And I DO love your new look!

xx Suzanne

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

I *love* it! You did an amazing, amazing job.

Carly {xoxo teacherista} said...

Oh my goodness. This is my favorite look for stairs right now. The dark stain looks incredible! What an amazing before and after!

Ange said...

SO beautiful! I am a tad jealous, I hate our carpeted stairs but that's a project for another day. Can't wait to see the rest when it's done! Great job!

Carli said...

Gorgeous!!!! My hubby began working on our stairs (going to the basement)and never finished, so I have half oak and half ebony stained stairs :(. I'm hoping his finished product looks half as nice as yours!

Cindy said...

i would like to do the same with our stairs but under our carpet is crappy particleboard treads and risers. i went to home depot to price out the cost of replacing them and i think i am going to have to find them second hand....they were $10 for the treads and i could probably do the risers with mdf but the cost is prohibitive... i love the way yours turned out....i am pinning it for further consideration...

hugs, cindy

Cristina Garay said...

I love how your steps turned out!!! I want to do that to mine, but I'm kind of affraid at how it's going to look with dark steps and the rest of the floors on a light shade?! Maybe I have to begin with the rails as you did!

Ann Morrison, MA, CCC-SLP said...

I just found the picture of your steps on Pinterest. I know it's been awhile so I was wondering how the finish held up. We have dogs and I'm hoping you say it did.