It’s been two weeks since my last update on the staircase flip and while I’m completely sore and my back has given out, I’m still so proud of how it’s all coming along. I mean look at this beauty?
In part one of The Complete Staircase Flip I left you with the view of the staircase sans banister (a huge improvement) and the unveiling of one stair chalk full of staples but with nice looking wood. I had ambitions to remove each step and sand them individually but quickly realized that removing the stairs would be impossible because of the tack nails on each step with painted L-joints ta-boot. Boo. But that’s why we always have plan B. Actually we usually have a plan for each letter in the alphabet ;)
Building a gigantic plastic room around the stairs to cut back on dust and dirt from getting everywhere.
Removing the staples and tack boards (tedious as hell).
Using paint stripper to remove paint and adhesives (best part because I used a less toxic paint remover).
Sanding Sanding Sanding Sanding (OMG so much sanding)
Now for my video tour of the sanding process. Feel free to laugh at the muffled voice and mad scientist look but make sure you at least make a comment.
A little comparison of before the sanding and after the sanding.
Who knew such beauty lived under that old ratty carpet? We did spend a good amount of time admiring the natural look but came to the conclusion that the natural color doesn’t fit well with our new laminate floors so we’ve decided to use a darker stain on the planks. As you might have guessed The Complete Staircase Flip (Part Three) will be the finished piece with stain, varnish and fresh paint. I’m shooting for project complete by next week if my back recovers in time. Boy are we excited!