Working With What We Have Stair Treads PR 6


We left off our stair remodel with a big huge MESS! And it was about to get messier pretty quick.  If you noticed in the plan, from before we had the newel posts moved back to open the space.  So we got to work on that deconstruction/construction next:

We plan on re-using the railing so we took it apart carefully and actually left a lot of it intact.  Anything we did cut we made sure to cut a little long.  Here Justin is cutting back the railing and removing it all:

 In the next few photos we should play the game, Where’s Buddy?

You can see behind Justin that the railing is still mostly in one piece.  (and technically it still is…just sitting in the closet, not on the stairs, but hopefully soon!)  The next side is on the chop list!!  The space already feels SO much bigger!!

Then we started to remove the portion of the wall where the newel post is going to be.

Not photographed we nailed in a support for those boards in the wall (above).  Then installed the structural part of the post.  Don’t laugh at us if we don’t do it exactly right we wanted to make sure it was nice and strong, and you better believe this thing is not coming out.  When we are closer to getting done, we will put the pretty part on top of it.  We also re-used bits and pieces of 2 x 4wood that we already had, so some of it is randomly painted.

Below Justin is showing what it will look like once it is in.
 The actual building begins.
So the newel post structure is in, but the stairs are still atrocious.  More to come.

In case you want to follow along, check out these posts too:

post 1: Starting the project!
post 2 : Demo & Rebuilding
post 3: More Rebuilding
post 4 : Filling the gaps
post 5 : Walnut Stain… at last!
post 6 :  Adding the Stair Risers, Finishing the Runners
Post 7 : Custom Built Newel Posts
Remodelaholic is written by Cassity and Justin.  Cassity has a degree in interior design and Justin is a landscape architect, so we adore everything that makes up a HOME!  We love to share home remodeling ideas and projects we’re working on. From huge kitchen renovation ideas to small bathroom remodels, there isn’t anything we won’t try to tackle (at least once!).  We  are in the midst of our third whole home renovation, so there should be a lot more inspiration coming your way.  We hope that you will stop by often for home design inspiration, tutorials, interior design tips, delicious recipes and what is going on in our family life.

Meet the Author: Cassity

Cassity started Remodelaholic with her husband, Justin, to share their love for knocking out walls together. She is an interior designer, wife, and mother of two. She and Justin have remodeled three Read More


  1. Tj Harvey says

    What did you use for your stair treads? Did you put new wood on them or clean what was all ready there? I just ripped our carpet off and am trying to figure out what to do about the treads. I’ve looked at ones you can order and they are pricey!

    Thank you in advance for any further tips.

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