Saturday, January 8, 2011

Home Stairs REDO Project

Hi everyone! Welcome to my DIY Home Stairs Project!
I have been wanting to do something with my stairs forever! But I was never sure what to do. I only knew that I did NOT want carpet! LOL! Carpet and I don't work well together :) So I decided to rip up my old disgusting rotten carpet and get to work...
Here is what my stairs looked like after pulling up the carpet. They have a million staples and nails all over them. They also had some tack boards that I already pulled up on them.

As you can see after pulling up all the nails, staples and tack boards these stairs are in some need of tender loving care. I thought about how to do that and I almost bought new wood to replace them all. When it it me!

Oh WOW how I LOVE this stuff!!!! It really works!!!

So I began my long long project of filling in a million holes with this stuff..

After it dried I got out my trusty sander and started to fill my house with dust LOL!
I sanded and filled and sanded some more..until it was smooth and perfect!

After that step was over..I went down to Wal Mart and bought some KILZ - High Gloss Bright White Paint.
And started to paint..
I think I did three coats.

Here they are with the finished bright white paint.

I love the high gloss bright white paint because it cleans up so good! If dirt, liquid or any other object gets on it it just wipes right off.

After the white was done drying I started on to the black paint. I used Glidden Porch and Floor Paint from the Home Depot. I just asked them for black and they mixed it up for me. This stuff is AWESOME! It has a primer and a finish right in it! So all you have to do is paint on two coats and your done! I also love this paint because it wipes clean. If someone walks on them with their shoes and leaves a mess for you, you just get a wet rag and it wipes clean!!!

Now because all of our bedrooms and two bathrooms are upstairs I obviously could not paint all my stairs at once. Oh I wish how I wish I could. But no.. So I painted three at a time. That left enough room for us to still use the stairs. This was probably the hardest part of the whole project.. Keeping my husband, three kids and FOUR dogs off them! (You see why I don't have carpet!)

What I did was paint my three stairs right after everyone went to bed. Then in the morning after everyone went to school I painted the second coat. (you are supposed to wait eight hours before applying the second coat.) After the second coat you have to wait twenty-four hours before walking on them. So by the next morning they were safe to walk on. And then I would do the next three stairs the night after they were safe to walk on. Make sense? So there were always stairs to walk on. I would remove the tape when the stair was safe to walk on.. so I told my kids if there is tape on them DO NOT STEP ON IT! It kinda got confusing but it only took a week so everyone just had to really watch what they were doing on the stairs.

And here they are! YAY! So glad they are done!

And of course I had to add a little vinyl!



                                                         I LOVE THEM!!!
                                                    Let me know what you think and if you have any questions let me know!


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  1. Wow! Fabulous job! These stairs are gorgeous now...looks like a lot of work!

  2. Wow Heather! They are just beautiful! I love looking at them! You did a wonderful job!

  3. Oh, wow! I love the look of that! I have been trying to get up the nerve to do that in my house. Now I think I'll have a project next week. Thanks so much for sharing your tips. Have a great weekend.

  4. Those look amazing! I don't know if I could be that patient! :)

  5. Oh my gosh -- they are beautiful. You tutorial is amazing too! I am so happy to have found this project. It inspires me and I love to be inspired. I'm your newest follower and I would love for you to follow me in return!

  6. super job! I did a similar process to my daughters stairs. Doesn't make you smile every time you see them?

  7. What a FANTASTIC project! I would love to get the dingy carpet off my own stairs. (No dogs, but six kids!) Thanks for including your timeline! :-)

  8. Very nice! I've been so tempted to do this also. What a huge project to take on! I looks awesome!
    Thanks for sharing!=

  9. Ooops!!!!! IT (not I) looks awesome!! lol :)

  10. Your stairs turned out gorgeous!

    I've often wondered how to deal with painting stairs. But how on earth am I going to train my cats not to walk on the painted steps? LOL

  11. The words are such a wonderful touch. I love it.

  12. Looks lovely...your hard work was well worth it!!

  13. mmmm I love me a fresh set of stairs! the dark treads and crisp white risers are fab!

    p.s. thanks for stopping by my little blog!

  14. These look GREAT! I didn't realize that such a beautiful product could turn out without putting all new wood down. Thank you for the idea!

  15. Thanks for all your kind words! I am so excited they are done and they turned out so good! I smile everytime I walk on them :)

  16. My stairs were already finished hardwood but I recently painted the risers blue and have collected old house numbers to attach to the riser a la Sarah's House. I need another "1" and I am ready to go! Your stairs turned out great!

  17. Can you come to my house and do my stairs!! Looks fabulous!!!


  18. Hey there! I'm a new follower!! I love this idea!

    Anestazia <3

  19. Your stairs are amazing! You are so inspiring. I vacuumed my disgusting carpeted stairs today and they are pitiful. I'm so close to ripping off that ugly carpet. My only question is if the stairs are slippery? I can see someone sailing down them in sock feet and flying through the air.

  20. Heather - You have done an amazing job on your stairs - they look fabulous! I love the white and black. Thanks so much for linking up to The Sunday showcase party - I have featured this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  21. When I saw your feature at Stephanie Lynn's, I knew your blog name didn't sound familiar. No wonder, you're a newbie! Your stairs look wonderful, keep up the good work! Hugs, Kim

  22. I found you thanks to Under the Table and Dreaming! I am in love with your stairs and I hope that someday...after my husband does his 20 years in the military we can have stairs that I can try something like this on!

  23. Really good tutorial Heather! I linked this to my stairs project post too, well done!

  24. it looks FANTASTIC!! also, really great tutorial! really GREAT JOB!! :)

  25. Gorgeous.


    Seriously, have I mentioned GORGEOUS?

    I have a set of stairs to our third floor, bare wood, that need this. I was trying to get inspired as a weekend project and thanks to you - I am.

    Also, thank you for the paint ideas. I would never have thought of Kilz having gloss white. I thought they were strictly a primer company. Appreciate the tip.

  26. Wow! What a transformation! I loved reading about your attempts to keep everyone off of the wet paint, I can so relate to that. :) Very nice job, they're beautiful!

  27. Hi - I love the stairs! I came across your blog while googling "black paint staircase". I wondered how the paint is holding up now, almost a year later?

    I'm also wondering where you found the very cool vinyl letters? I'd love to do something similar on my stairs!

    Thanks so much!

  28. Also...can you tell me if you applied anything over the vinyl lettering after you applied it to the riser?? Thanks!

  29. They look amazing! We are about to do the same thing and was wondering, how do they hold up with the dogs? Do they scratch off the paint?

  30. Wow!! I'm looking to do something similar with my stairs so thanks for your tips!! They look amazing but how is the paint holding up with all the traffic they obviously get??

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  35. I have been looking at my stairs after ripping out the worn out carpet, for quite awhile. Now I know how to get the rough places smooth and what paint to use. Thanks so much!


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