Phase 1 of the stair redo is complete. We have been diligently (ahem) working on the basement. Ridding ourselves of blue carpet and gold swirly wallpaper has been a goal since we purchased the home.
A before so you can appreciate the loveliness for yourself:
The wallpaper has been stripped, holes spackled and sanded, and the blue carpet removed. Including 15 million staples! Okay maybe not that many, but we did have 5 solo cups full of staples with little bits of padding stuck on. Let me go on the record as saying that pulling staples from stairs is not fun. And the blue carpet was the second carpet to be put on the stairs so we had staples from two installations. We hit the staple jackpot!
The popcorn ceilings have been scraped as well.
Now we have to figure out what to do with these very attractive stairs.
I see other posts where lucky people rip up the carpet on their stairs and have these wonderful bullnose stair treads underneath that just need to be finished to look gorgeous. We are not so lucky.
We uncovered . . . I don’t know what to call these. Construction stairs?
The gaps at the sides of the stairs are huge which would require some serious trim to cover them up. The front of most of the stairs have been chipped off.
So the options we are currently considering are:
A) clean, paint and trim as a temporary fix
B) rip the whole thing out and add proper treads and risers
C) cry, eat some chocolate, grab a bottle of wine and hit the hot tub
D) skin the treads with the laminate flooring we are putting in the rest of the basement, add some trim and call it done.
Which would you choose?
Do you have a stair redo horror story you would like to share?