Back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth… In March 2010, I decided to redo our stairs. I had a few goals in mind. Make the space look custom, and open it up. As it was, the existing newel posts made the entry sorta feel cramped. The carpet was getting pretty worn (thanks to my cats taking the corners too fast while chasing each other, there was a 3 inch hole in the carpet) and since wood floors were the ultimate plan well I decided I needed to investigate.
One day, while Justin was at work (naughty wife) I pulled a corner of the carpet up to see what it looked like under there. Not so good, no pretty finished stairs that other people seem to luckily find. No mine were plain old structural pine lumber covered in plaster and paint splatters, with huge unfinished gaps… But I was still determined!
So I think I talked to my husband about it… We discussed options and came up with a plan (posted about here). To refresh your memory here is what the stairs looked like:
Above is my own little furry Vanna (Buddy) White showing you how to pose by the stairs!
At first I tried scraping the plaster off the stairs. It worked in some places, but in others it sorta splintered the wood, so I had to stop.
You can see one of the holes that the cats had created by speedy-Gonzales-ing it around the corner. They would catch that spot with their back claws, and literally the hole got bigger everyday… silly beast (a secret thank you from mom for giving me an excuse to rip out the carpet!!! kisses!)