Impatience, party of 2!

renos, stairs November 11, 2010
Enough is enough! And I have had enough of these ugly carpet stairs. We learned our lesson when we first started our renovations 2 years ago, that you really should stick to 1 project at a time. But everytime I walk in the door I secretly want to turn around and walk right back out when I am reminded of how old and gross the stairs have become over 2 years of renovations. We will be the first to admit we are not carpet people. Just can’t maintain it! Between kids and pets it just doesn’t stay clean, yet remarkably our rugs give us very little hassle…
But around 10am yesterday morning I decided to pull out my new entry dresser
and start ripping. Great plan, poor execution. Seems that the carpet is glued beyond belief and my measly muscles didn’t make much of a dent. So I enjoyed my 1 clean step until Sean was able to help me later last night.
My Hero!!
And here it is this morning all cleaned up! We got all the nails and staples out and wiped all the steps down.
We have some repairs to make to the surrounding dry wall, and some serious sanding to do on the risers so we can paint them white but already we like it a million times better. Our original plan was to also go with new new spindles and railings (you might remember my temporary paint job from last year!), but after getting some info on how our railings are installed it seems like a MUCH bigger job than we anticipated and WAYYYY more expensive. We are talking more than a whole new kitchen expensive, and we just don’t think the existing railings are that ugly to warrant a $10,000-$15,000 makeover. We are also mid-closet reno still so the clock is ticking to get this all accomplished before any of the parties we have planned for December!!!
We know that it is a big job, and one that seems pretty intimidating so we will be sharing some of our hard-learned lessons and tips as we go~

Comments 40

  1. Melodie says on November 11, 2010

    Yuck, lol, we had the same colour carpet in our last house and it always looked filthy! Cudos to you for ripping it out! I can't wait to see the finished product.


  2. That one girl says on November 11, 2010

    Oh man, like it better already. Isn't it funny when you actually “ruin” something but it looks better? Okay, like the previous owners of this house painted EVERY wall and ceiling peach. Seriously. As I was painting the ceilings white and paint dripped down the peach wall I thought, “This ruined pink wall looks MUCH better with white drippy paint than without”. haha.

    Next up: Tearing out the nasty stained carpet on the stairs…


  3. sharon says on November 11, 2010

    What a pretty hallway and entrance you have. Needed courage to rip off that carpet but wow! look at the difference. Can't wait to see the finished result, I'm sure you'll make a great job of it.
    My French Country Home


  4. Melanie Beth says on November 11, 2010

    Good luck… we aren't carpet people either! My only advice… paint every other step. When those are dry, go back and finish the job! Good luck, can't wait to see the finished project!


  5. Chris and Danielle Lenz says on November 11, 2010

    I can relate!!!!! Except our dog did the tearing up for us. But hardwood floors we come! A little nervous to install it ourselves but its better for the piggy bank. We took the carpet out last night and I literally just blogged about it. Glad I am not the only one that can handle carpet! But the stairs look awesome already!!! Great job!


  6. Darby says on November 11, 2010

    Seriously Holly, my hubby is attempting to steam clean our hideous stairs as I type this!! I have so wanted painted risers with hardwood treads forever!! I may have to follow your lead and just take the plunge!


  7. Just Beachy says on November 11, 2010

    So much better already, that is what we had when we moved in minus the big job of removing carpet , I just painted everything black and white , and I love it


  8. Beth says on November 11, 2010

    Can you share what kind of paint you plan to use….I want to do the same, but am afraid of the high maintenance or feeling like I need to re-paint to keep it presentable. I don't mind scuffed or an antique/crackled look (my house has a pretty rustic tone so the scuffs won't matter much, but there comes a point….), but I don't want to have to paint every time I turn around because it is too rustic looking.
    Thanks so much!


  9. Elizabeth (blue clear sky) says on November 11, 2010

    I was so excited to see this post. I have the same reaction every time I walk in our front door. I hate hate hate the carpet on the stairs (new when we bought our home 11 years ago and really worn now.) Add to that my brother's dog ATE the basement landing carpet two years ago. I know that whatever the two of you do will look fantastic, and I know I will get even more inspiration by following along on this project.


  10. Mannings says on November 12, 2010

    It already looks 10x better, I can't wait to see the finished product – you have a great stairway to do this to :)

    I have a question, when you spray painted your railings, how did you not get it on your carpet. I want to spray paint mine but I have carpet at the same place that you did. I'm dying to know so please tell me ;)


  11. Gina says on November 12, 2010

    I swear I've been on a kick to redo my stairs too! I haven't started but yours looks fabulous of course. I wanted to post a link to someone who just did a great stair transformation and for the life of me I can't find the link aargh! You would have loved it…I'll keep looking :)


  12. Allison says on November 12, 2010

    Your house is beautiful! Your staircase is going to be amazing when you're all finished. I admire you for tackling that big project.


  13. helle says on November 12, 2010

    Totally beautiful result of your make-over, I also have a carpeted staircase…. my husbond will not be happy now!!



  14. Sarah says on November 12, 2010

    Holly, you're a girl after my own heart! Thats so something I would have done. Sometimes I think my husband is afraid to come home because of what he might find I've done/started =) Good luck, I can't wait to see the finished result!


  15. Elisabeth says on November 12, 2010

    I don't think the stair railings are ugly at all, and it will all look better with backs painted white. That is what we did to our stairs, then we had the treads sanded and refinished and it looks great. Ours was even uglier before- the carpet was 20 years old and tirquoise, and hideous and reeked of smoke. It was a joy to rip it out!!


  16. jennyburns says on November 12, 2010

    That makes such a huge difference already! Isn't it so refreshing? If I were you I would just either replace or box around the newel post between the stair and the railing to give it a more contemporary feel, and painting the railing dark would do that as well.


  17. Marsha says on November 12, 2010

    Reading this post was deja vu for me. Last year this time, I woke up one morning and said enough is enough and started ripping out my brown shag carpet of the stairs. I found 1970's rubber backed carpet underneath that was glued down. Lucky for me that stuff was so old, it just peeled off. I must've spent hours removing staples. My hubby came home to the old carpet all rolled up on the porch. I had them painted by xmas. My risers were cloud white and the stairs themselves were painted in BM willow to match my flooring. I love them. I am still waiting for new spindles however :(


  18. Team Houston says on November 14, 2010

    Thank you so much for sharing. I love your blog by the way!!!

    So my husband and I are in a disagreement….Please help.

    I am thinking you sanded down every part of the stairs, removed staples/nails, sanded etc. and then painted??

    My husband thinks you painted the raiser part (where your toe would kick) and then purchased a new top part (part where your foot would step)……

    Please tell me I am correct ;)

    I am trying to tell him that all we need to do is take the carpet off, pull out nails, staples, etc., sand, then paint??

    Thanks so much for your time.

    You are saving me a lot of money.

    Hugs, Michele


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