I am so excited to finally be able to share the before and after of our front staircase in the beach cottage! A lot of work went into this project and we are so happy with how everything turned out. I will give it to you straight-this was a lot of work 😉 Details below!
Like so much of our cottage, which was originally built in 1888, this staircase was stuck in the 1970s. Wood paneling, thick shaggy carpet, etc. It sure wasn’t beachy but we knew prior to making an offer on the house that there was hardwood underneath the carpet on the stairs and I saw definite potential. Here are some quick before pictures-I think I snapped these when we were house hunting and first considering the house:
And here is the after!
Here is how we did it:
- We had professional flooring guys pull the carpet off the stairs when they were here pulling the carpet from the living room. We could have done this step ourselves but it was just easier to go ahead and let the professionals pull it out while they were here!
- We removed the carpet tack strips and about one million carpet staples using pliers. This step took a long time and a lot of elbow grease and blisters. I recommend using pliers specifically made for removing carpet staples from the floor.
- I applied 3 or 4 coats of white Kilz primer and 1 coat of pure white porch and floor paint to the wood.
- I purchased an antique finial to add additional architectural interest.
- We purchased 4 carpet runners from Garnet Hill and attached them to the stairs using carpet staples and a staple gun. We followed the directions provided by This Old House, found here online. In hindsight, I don’t recommend using anything other than one continuous runner that will cover the length of your staircase. It was harder than we anticipated to create a smooth transition using 4 pieces of carpet, particularly because we have the turn in our staircase. I just really loved the star print and the pop of bright golden yellow. Our results are definitely not perfect, but I am coming to accept that this is the case with most DIY projects!
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