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.