Wow, did this weekend fly by! My husband and I got to enjoy a nice dinner and evening alone for our anniversary (thanks mom and dad for keeping the kids overnight), we took the kids swimming, 4-wheeling in the woods and I busted my butt removing carpet and refinishing the basement stairs.
Let me tell you, refinishing stairs with two young kids is no easy task. No matter how many times I told them not to use the stairs they used them anyway. Thank goodness I still have a baby gate, haha. It definitely tested my patience and pushed me to get this project done faster.
I was able to remove the carpet, tack strips and staples on Wednesday while the kids were at school. It worked out great, since I didn't have to worry about them stepping on staples or getting hurt from the tack strips.
Once the carpet and padding was removed from the bottom couple steps I used a wonder bar and hammer to pry up the tack strips. I then used pliers to remove the hundreds of staples that were used to keep the carpet pad in place.
RYOBI Corner Cat Sander to remove the top layer and clear coat from each step, eliminating the need for harsh strippers. It was perfect for getting in tight corners and maneuvering around the steps. I went over each step first with 80 grit sandpaper then 120 grit.
new basement floor, but that ended up being much harder than I thought due to the yellow tones in the Pine treads. I ended up mixing general finishes gel stain in Black and Java to try an achieve a similar look. I applied the stain using a foam brush then wiped off the access with paper towels. After the stain was dry I sealed the stain with water based poly. The steps ended up darker than the floor, but I'm okay with that since I've always wanted and loved the look dark stained stairs.
Sherwin-Williams Super Paint Semi-gloss.
handheld Dyson. I leave it in the basement and it takes all of 2 minutes to vacuum off the steps.
Next up is to add the wall treatment down the stairs and finish the floor and trim around the baseboards.
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