the route to get up the stairs
|looking down into the addition|
After finishing the first round of structural work we didn't touch the stairs for over a year besides just patching the plaster. It was only when we had friends with a baby coming back in March that I got the itch to make them prettier. What we were working with were the very beat up pine treads we reused from the 1920's stairs that were removed, a salvage newel post, and qswo handrails we had salvaged from two different houses.
As you can see, they were rough... They still had the outline of the rubber treads I had removed, and were covered in worn paint (as well as the requisite holes and splintering wood). The treads got sanded by hand with my orbital sander, with 60, 80 and 120 grit. Since the risers would have been a bear to clear finish, they got sanded with 80 in preparation for paint.
As you can imagine, this turned my house into a dust bowl, since there is no feasible way of sealing off two runs of stairs that span a three story house. Obviously I was thinking very clearly when I decided to undertake this project two weeks before we had guests.
Did I mention I also decided it was the appropriate time to strip the ornate newel post and the handrails?
Needless to say, it's six months later, and the project is only now finishing up. Hopefully the sun will come out today and I can try to take some halfway decent photos - hey, there's a first for everything right?