The stairs aren't completely finished yet but they sure did look better for company.
The problem with needing to paint stairs is trying to find an entire 24 hours that they won't be walked on.
With company coming and staying in the basement it just wasn't feasible to paint before they arrived so that's my project this week.
BUT I had to share the progress because it's so amazing!!
Okay so here's what I DIDN'T want them to see
Look at all the huge gaps
So I went to Lowes and bought a 1/4 in 4'x8' sheet of plywood that was on clearance for $10.77 and a 1/4 in 4'x8' sheet of beadboard for $19.88
I then searched the trim section for a piece of trim that was 1 3/4 inch thick as that was the thickness of the tread after adding the 1/4" plywood. It was the biggest purchase at $44
I found 1 that would work (talk about L-U-C-K-Y)
Also purchased Stop trim for the bottom piece of trim where the tread meets the riser. Cost for that trim was just under $25
I first attached the beadboard with trim adhesive
Looking better already!!
Next step was to paint the plywood with some gripper paint. I knew that I was going to have to cover the entire staircase in paint so used the clearance paint floor paint I found while shopping. Has an additive in it that makes it rough so it's not slippery.
It was on clearance for $8.00 and already had the gripper mixed in so I was sold ;)
While the new treads were drying I used the miter saw to cut each piece of chair rail and stop trim to fit.
I then applied adhesive to the back side of the plywood, chair rail and stop trim. I used subfloor adhesive for the plywood that was going to be the tread and trim adhesive for the trim pieces.
Using the nail gun I secured the new tread, chair rail trim and the beadboard risers in place. I only used the adhesive on the stop trim as it's so thin I didn't want to risk splitting in anywhere.
I worked my way down from the top but that was just how it happened, I think either way would work just fine.
As you can see there are still gaps.
Nothing a little caulk can't help
Now I still need to paint, add trim to the ledge and a handrail but....
It's so much better than:
Don't you think??
The plan is to paint them all white but then I spied a few pictures recently (on pinterest of course) with a painted runner and now I'm not so sure what to do.
What do you think?
All white or add a fun color with a runner??
Total cost so far: $ 107.65
chair rail $44
stop trim $25
2 days ago