Friday, August 13, 2010

Stairway Remodel, Before & After

I recently came across some photos of our stairway renovation. I can't believe this was completed in fall of 2007. It seems like we just did it!

Some of these photos are so embarrassing! Oh well. There used to be drywall on the left of the stairs, and a low, odd looking piece of wood trim. To the right, there was a WALL that we demolished. Yes, a whole wall. We pulled that down, to make the two rooms at the front of our house more open.
You can see Handy Man's legs and feet here, ha ha!
What a mess it was, knocking down that wall. I guess I didn't take any photos of that part of the project. There was drywall dust everywhere! Then we took a break from renovations and I had to look at this ugly, carpeted staircase for a while. Yuck!
It's not that I hate carpet, but this was all dirty and worn out, and we just prefer wood floors and stairs.
Handy man started working on the treads. I was getting so excited at this point!
I painted the risers with a glossy white paint.
There was a lot of drywall patching and painting to do on this side.
And then...the handrails...Didn't Handy Man do a great job? This would have cost a fortune if we hired someone to do it. Although the materials for this weren't cheap, at least we didn't have to add labor costs.
Hey, you can see our Christmas tree in the background in this one! We finished it in fall 2007, but it wasn't until December that I realized that I needed to take finished photos.

31 comments:

Bonnie said...

Stopping by from Remodelaholic party! This turned out fantastic. Mr handyman did an excellent your and so did you on the painting and staining!

Lisa said...

The stairs are gorgeous! I'm visiting for the first time and think we have a lot in common as I also live in a household with a handyman while I'm the crafty one. I'd love to do stairs like this one day, so maybe we could split the work so we can both do the part we're good at : ) Thanks for sharing!

larsinnh said...

Thanks for the comments! Handy Man and I are a great team. We plan out the projects together...I paint & decorate, and he gets all the heavy construction work! Hey, sometimes I'll hand him a nail or a screwdriver...I'm not completely useless! :-)

Nicole said...

Love the updated stairs, they look so much better! I can't imagine what those rooms looked like with the stairs behind a wall! Such a great update!

Shannon said...

Looks awesome! My husband and I just refinished ours. The painting is a huge, huge pain but so worth it in the end!

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

WOW! That is absolutely amazing! You guys did a TON of work on that -- and it certainly paid off! :)

Amy - A Little Busy said...

Wow! Looks so good. We need to do that on ours.

angie said...

Wow!!! Stairs look great

Kacy said...

That looks amazing! We have carpeted stairs and I get so annoyed having to vacuum them. I'm jealous! :-) Love the chair rail, too!

larsinnh said...

That is the main reason I wanted to get rid of the carpeted stairs. I hated having to vacuum the stairs! Every dust bunny from the whole house seemed to collect on them!

Of course, the wood stairs still get a bit dusty, but I use a small vacuum attachment to brush them off and it's so much easier.

Ellie said...

That is one pretty stairway! Awesome DIY job!

Amy K said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Remodelaholic said...

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larsinnh said...

Thanks so much! I'm so excited!

Elizabeth@BlueClearSky said...

Your staircase looks wonderful! I dream of doing this to our staircase. Thanks for sharing.

Erin said...

I just had one of those "Ah" moments. Looking at your pics and looking at my house, feels alot like looking at the same space. I really like the changes you made, going to have to put this on my wish list:)

JunkerMidge said...

O, yes, what a beautiful transformation! Great job!
Midge

Sarah said...

Great job!!! I just showed this to my husband and we totally want to re-do our own stairs now!! Our big question right now is, how much did this project cost you?? Trying to decide if this is a project we can do this Fall or if we need to wait until Tax Return season! :)

larsinnh said...

Sarah, I'll have to talk to Handy Man and get back to you on the cost. We do keep track, we just have to look it up. There was a lot of physical labor (which is free, if you do it yourself of course.) The most expensive parts were the woodwork for the stairs, and the balusters.

Sarah said...

Thanks!! Just let me know -- I appreciate it!! :)

Kristin said...

This is fabulous!! WOW, lots of work involved, the transformation is amazing! Thanks for sharing!
XO
Kristin

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

This is EXACTLY what I want to do to my stairs - but I want the iron balusters. I'm bookmarking this!

~Allison @ House of Hepworths

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

Gorgeous! Saw this at Not Just a Housewife. What kind of wood did your hubby buy for the treads?

Dave said...

Hey, those stairs look very familiar. Almost looks like you came and took them from my house. Nice job and good taste.

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Holy cow! This is so impressive. What a wonderful difference your hard work has made. Give yourselves a pat on the back!

Warmly, Michelle

Douglas said...

Very nice stairs, but now it's time for you to put some iron balusters in there!

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Jessica Childs said...

What did you do about the floor after removing the wall? And can you please come help me with my stairs? We just bought a home that needs a ton of work. The stairs are completely encased in drywall and separate the foyer and the kitchen. I want to change everything!

Jessica Childs said...

What did you do about the floor after removing the wall? And can you please come help me with my stairs? We just bought a home that needs a ton of work. The stairs are completely encased in drywall and separate the foyer and the kitchen. I want to change everything!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Jessica, I couldn't send you an email because you had it set to "no reply." The floor was a rug in really bad shape. We tore out the rug and put in hardwood floors across the front rooms and in front of the stairway. It's a ton of work and mess to do this project. We had to get a dumpster to get rid of all the debris.

Jack said...

Great Job!! Do you have any more pictures? Im doing the exact same thing to my stairs and I'm trying to figure out how to add the new stringers on the sides to accomodate the stairs being wider.

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