If you haven't heard by now, I sent my flooring back to the manufacturer to be tested for formaldehyde. No, I did not get it from Lumber Liquidators, but another flooring store in town (which has been nothing but awesome through this process). Until I get word that the laminate is good-to-go (the manufacturer has been dodging my flooring store's calls and emails for the past month), I can't work on my poor floor. In the meantime, I have decided to tackle my stairs.
I've been wanting to start the project for a while, but honestly have been a bit intimidated by the idea. The other day, however, I was bored and had the urge to tear shit up, so I started hammering at my stairs. FYI - stairs are a bitch, but soon they will be my bitch.
I've learned that there have been a lot of strange building techniques that went into my house (and by strange I mean wrong), including the stairs. Quick lesson - the things that your stairs sit on are called stringers. You're supposed to have three (one going down the middle and one next to each wall), however you can clearly see I'm missing my middle stringer. Fabulous. I'm not worrying too much about it because, honestly, if my old stairs worked fine without it, then so should the new stairs.
I'm going simple on the stairs for now, which I know will get complicated soon enough with the curved stairs in the middle. I'm replacing what is there with the exact same thing - 2"X10" pine, and new plywood risers. Simple. The pine you can buy at any big box store. I bought 2"X12"X12' pine, had the guys at Lowe's cut it into three 48" pieces, sanded them down, ripped and cut them to size.
Mmmmm.... look how pretty! I won't go into huge detail now, but I also decided to router the edges for a semi-beveled look (both on the top and bottom of the tread). I think it gives it a more professional look for something that is oh so cheap.
Hi! I'm Lauren! I'm a twenty-something teacher and homeowner in North Carolina. I love math, decorating, and getting down and dirty learning new things about home renovation and repair.