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Carpet to Wood Stair Makeover

Hi Everyone! Welcome back! If you are just stopping by for the first time thanks for visiting and I hope you join us again! Today I am tackling our stairs.

Carpet to Wood Stair Makeover

We just finished replacing all the carpet on our main floor with Pergo. You can find those posts here & here. During that project we removed the carpet in our family room but failed to address the 5 stairs that lead from our kitchen to the family room which were originally carpet. Dirty, dirty carpet. I had to come up with a quick fix for these because we were about to have a party not to mention we would be hosting the holidays shortly there after and these steps were still dirty, dirty carpet. Very un-attractive, especially next to our new floors. Part of the reason I initially ignored these stairs is because we have real hardwood in our upstairs and laminate hardwood downstairs and these five little steps connect the two. Did I mention they are not exactly the same color wood either? I definitely wanted these steps to be wood as I have a strong dislike for carpet. My dilemma was this…….do I stain the stairs to match the upstairs, the downstairs, or make the top steps match the top and the bottom match the bottom? Seriously though, I did consider a gradual ombre if you will. I know, crazy right? Then I thought, what if I don’t choose and just paint them a dark brown? I liked this idea. Since I wasn’t totally sure it would be what I wanted and if it would wear well, I decided to “test” it on the actual stairs before buying the new stair treads and risers. What did I have to lose right? This is the before.

Carpet to Wood Stair Makeover

After we removed the carpet, this is what the bare stair treads looked like.

Carpet to Wood Stair Makeover

Carpet to Wood Stair Makeover

I painted the risers Ultra White by Valspar in a semi-gloss and the treads Phantom Mist by Olympic in a semi-gloss.

Carpet to Wood Stair Makeover

Carpet to Wood Stair Makeover

Carpet to Wood Stair Makeover

I painted the risers first and let them dry. Then I started on the treads and did every other stair so I could still get up and down the stairs while they were drying 🙂

Carpet to Wood Stair Makeover

Carpet to Wood Stair Makeover

Carpet to Wood Stair Makeover

I really liked the way they were turning out!

Carpet to Wood Stair Makeover

Carpet to Wood Stair Makeover

Carpet to Wood Stair Makeover

Carpet to Wood Stair Makeover

Eventually, I will buy the new treads and risers and re-do them but this will work as a temporary ascetic fix and give us a chance to see how the painted treads wear 🙂

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2 Comments

  1. The stairs look great. Wondering if you planned on keeping the risers white or using the same color stair treads when you do the actual project. Personally I like the dimension that that white risers give.

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