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As we slowly transformed our house by replacing upstairs and downstairs floors we eventually came to a point where the carpeted stairs were a huge eyesore and had to go. We had replaced the upstairs with wood and wanted to use the same flooring on the stairs.
So, here’s the before picture. It’s messy, don’t judge 😉
Going into this project we weren’t sure if mis-matching the downstairs dark floors with the light upstairs floors was a terrible mistake. But we went ahead with it and used 3/4″ Handscraped Hickory from lumber liquidators. For the other parts of the stairs we wanted white risers, white stair skirt, and a dark walnut handrail. We were hoping the walnut handrail and banister would help tie the dark floors into everything.
After ripping out the carpet and removing all the carpet tac and staples, we used a combination of our circular/jig saws to chop off the chipboard bullnose.
Next up I started my faux newel post. It was pretty simple, I just wrapped 1×10 poplar boards around each corner. I made the top and bottom of the stairs approximately 55″ from the floor. While the landing newell post is different heights depending on which stair you measure it from.
Shims came in handy to get everything square, because what wall is ever square? On the first floor newel post I learned the hard way and ended up with an off square post so I corrected it via chisel and hand planer.
For the baseboards on the top newel posts I wrapped 1×10 around the bottom. For the middle/bottom the baseboards range in size in order to run a clean line from stair skirt to baseboards.
Next up we cut the stair skirt. We followed THIS and found it to be very helpful. That being said, this was the hardest part of this project. We cut four stair skirts for this remodel and they all turned out decent.
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