It has been a few years coming but we finally got around to refinishing our farmhouse stairs. When we moved into our farmhouse 3 years ago our whole upstairs was covered in old and mismatched wall to wall carpet. We were disappointed to discover that under most of the carpet was either plywood or hardwood floors in terrible shape. So we started adding wide pine floors room by room. First with the master bedroom and then with the boys rooms.
Our Farmhouse Stairs
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Thankfully, there was old pine stairs under the carpet. Yay!!! So first things first, we pulled up the old carpet and pads in hallway and stairs and took out the carpet staples. Moose is always around to help :).
And the stairs stayed that way for two years while we tackled other DIY projects. The idea of painting and sanding this tall stairway was a little overwhelming to us, until now :).
First, we painted the walls our favorite neutral, SW Kestral white. We also took down the shutters to let more natural light in the windows. Jason added wide pine boards over the plywood floors.
Then over Christmas break Jason took on the gigantic and very messy task of sanding down these stairs. He used his trusty 15 year old orbital sander to tackle the stairs. This is the sander we have, DEWALT DWE6423K Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander, 5″
After lots of vacuuming and dusting we stained the stairs Summer Oak by Varathane to match the floors upstairs and down. Then we followed up the stain with 5 coats of Satin polyurethane. Lastly I taped off the stairs and painted the trim SW semi gloss extra white.
You can still see where the carpet staples were originally but all the imperfections give the stairs so much character!
I need Jason’s help hanging up the mirror at the top of the landing on the steps.
My grandparents house had a large built in mirror at top of their stairway landing and I wanted to recreate that here. The wide pine floors we put down go well with the our newly refinished pine stairs.
Looking down the steps you can see our old door turned coat rack. Still the perfect spot to hang our coats and bags when we get home :).
Although there is still so much to do the house seems a lot more finished now.
Jason is trying to talk me into adding a carpet runner to our refinished farmhouse stairs but for now I am just excited about how pretty they look! Thanks so much for stopping by to check out our farmhouse stairs!
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