When we first bought this house our stairs to the bedrooms on the second floor looked like this. The runner doesn’t look so bad in this photo but in reality it was badly stained and worn, and I could not wait to tear it out!
On the day that we had our upstairs wall-to-wall carpets replaced, I was so fired up when the installers were ripping out the old carpet up there that I spontaneously decided to remove the stair runner myself right then. By the time the upstairs carpets had been laid I had the runner off and was busy pulling out the 79773 staples from the treads. I was so happy to say good riddance to that disgusting thing!!
I painted the spindles and risers white, and that made such a difference to the feel of our house!
Then 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? We loved the contrast of the dark rail with the light treads,
but after many hours of stripping and sanding, I realized that some of our old, stained, tired treads either needed to be replaced OR……this dramatic alternative!