DIY – Refinishing Old Pine Farmhouse Stairs by Hand

DIY - Refinishing Our Farmhouse Stairs- window

Sharing all the DIY tips & tricks we learned refinishing our pine wood farmhouse stairs by hand on a budget that used to be carpeted with pictures.

It has been a few years coming but we finally got around to refinishing our pine wood farmhouse stairs. 

When we moved into our farmhouse 3 years ago our whole upstairs was covered in old & 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 & then with the boys rooms.

DIY Refinishing Pine Farmhouse Stairs by Hand

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Sharing all the DIY tips & tricks we learned refinishing our pine wood farmhouse stairs by hand on a budget that used to be carpeted with pictures. #stairs #remodel #houseremodeling #diyprojects #farmhouse https://lehmanlane.net

Instructions for How to Refinish Pine Farmhouse Stairs

Farmhouse Stairs Before – Old, Dirty & Mismatched Carpet

DIY - Refinishing Our Farmhouse Stairs - before

Thankfully, there was old pine stairs under the carpet. 

Taking out the Old Carpet & Staples

So first things first, we pulled up the old carpet & carpet pads in hallway & stairs & took out the carpet staples. 

Moose is always around to help. 🙂

DIY - Refinishing Our Farmhouse Stairs
DIY - Refinishing Our Farmhouse Stairs - pulling up staples

And the stairs stayed that way for two years while we tackled other DIY projects

Yikes!

The idea of painting & sanding this tall stairway was a little overwhelming to us, until now!

DIY - Refinishing Our Farmhouse Stairs - painting the vaulted stairway

Painting our Farmhouse Stairway Walls

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. 

Installing Wide Pine Flooring to Our Farmhouse Stairs Hallway

Jason added wide pine boards over the plywood floors to our farmhouse stairs hallway.

You can read all the tips & ideas for how to install & refinish wide pine flooring in this DIY blog post (HERE)

DIY - Refinishing Our Farmhouse Stairs - adding wide pine floors

Sanding Tips for our Original Pine Farmhouse Stairs

Then over Christmas break Jason took on the gigantic & very messy task of sanding down these stairs. 

He used his trusty 15 year old orbital sander to tackle the original pine stairs. 

This is the sander we have, DEWALT DWE6423K Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander, 5″

DIY - Refinishing Our Farmhouse Stairs - staining the floors

Staining & Adding Polyurethane to our Pine Farmhouse Stairs

After lots of vacuuming & dusting we stained the stairs Summer Oak by Varathane to match the wide pine floors upstairs & oak floors downstairs.

Then we followed up the stain with 5 coats of Satin polyurethane. 

Lastly I taped off the stairs & painted the trim SW semi gloss extra white.

DIY - Refinishing Our Farmhouse Stairs - taping the stairs

You can still see where the carpet staples were originally but all the imperfections give the stairs so much character!

DIY - Refinishing Our Farmhouse Stairs

SO MUCH BETTER than the ugly dirty carpet that was here when we moved in just a few years ago.

I need Jason’s help hanging up the mirror at the top of the landing on the steps.

DIY - Refinishing Our Farmhouse Stairs - with mirror

My grandparents house had a large built in mirror at top of their stairway landing & I wanted to recreate that here. 

The wide pine floors we put down go well with the our newly refinished pine stairs.

V - wode pine floor landing

Looking down the steps you can see our old door turned coat rack

Still the perfect spot to hang our coats & bags when we get home. 🙂

DIY - Refinishing Our Farmhouse Stairs - looking down to our old door turned coat rack

Although there is still so much to do the house seems a lot more finished now.

DIY - Refinishing Our Farmhouse Stairs - window and old door coat rack

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.

I hope this inspire you & answers all the questions you have about refinishing pine farmhouse stairs.

by Tara Lehman

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Sharing how we refinished our farmhouse stairs from begining to end #diy #stairs #farmhouse http://lehmanlane.net

Before & After Farmhouse Fixer Upper

Old Door Turned Coat Rack

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Comments

  1. Great job you two!
    Looks wonderful.
    Check out Lillypad Cottage blog.
    She is building a new Lake house in Michigan But she is a wonder of ideas too. You can see her previous house at her site. She did use a runner on her stairs. Very attractive, and better footing to prevent slipping.
    (Old folks, kids and Moose).

    1. Thanks so much Bev!!! I will def check out the Lilypad Cottage Stair post. I am familiar with her blog and am always inspired :). Have a good week and take care!

  2. These turned out so great! And I LOVE the character from the old carpet staples 🙂
    I will say, my parents have wood stairs and it can get mighty slippery with socks on – they’ve been debating adding a runner to theirs just for safety purposes. But I agree, it’s so hard to cover up the beautiful wood!
    Best,
    Kelly

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Kelly! We are definitely still debating the runner, no runner question but for now we are just enjoying this huge DIY project being done!

  3. It looks great. I want to do the same to my stairs but probably a little darker. Do you have a youtube video on how you did this? Do you have any ideas on how to redo a townhouse like a country style or farm style

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to check out how we refinished our farmhouse stairs Donna! Unfortunately, I do not have a Youtube video on this. In my opinion, you can add country & farmhouse style to any home… we definitely added farmhouse style to our 1960’s split level before moving to our farmhouse. Farmhouse style is easy to add with neutral paint colors, cozy furnishings & wood.

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