We have just about remodeled our entire house. Well not really, we just always take on large projects. Our most resent project has been our stairs. When we bought our house 11 years it had very light carpet throughout, yes even the stairs. Well over time and 6 people, which has grown to be 11 people, running up and down them, you can imagine what they looked like. I unfortunately can’t find the before picture that I took, but trust me they were not a pretty thing to see. Even after shampooing they were not clean. In fact they almost looked better bare wood.
We had several different ideas for the process, but they all depended on what was under the carpet.
When we found that as we suspected, the treads (the part you step on) was just constructions grade wood covered with paint and dry wall mud, refinishing them was out of the question. We had some laminate flooring left from another part of the house that we thought might work, but what was available for the front edges didn’t work. There goes that idea. Next idea we just rip out the treads and buy new ones.
Along with the new stairs we wanted to trim up the side a put Bead Board and wainscot the solid wall. We used the pre-primed tongue and groove package. They were easier cut and handle than the 4″ X 8″ sheets.