Last Thursday, Kit and I announced our Dueling DIY challenge: we’d both make over our staircases and see who could finish first.
The concept is basically to get our butts in gear and actually finish one of the many projects we both have going on at our houses thanks to a little baiting, name-calling, and competition. Saturday morning, I got this text from Kit:
This is already fun.
But I had two guests over to the house again this weekend, and going up and down the stairs was kind of a necessity for them. So I’ll share more on that project later, but I figure that since I’ve already painted the stair risers and am partway to the finish line (though Kit will still likely kick my ass), taking a step back at what’s been done already is probably a good place to start. First, the stairs began as a carpet-covered mess straight out of the early 80s:
A few of the stairs were teetering (literally) on a potentially twisted ankle or busted knee, so after removing the carpet (and inexplicably finding cigarette butts)…
My ex-boyfriend and I removed a few broken stair treads. My ex’s dog, Colby, hated having to wait on this. (Why yes, those are kegs outside of the window on the front porch. Thank you for noticing.)
And I also got a peek under the stairs, which gave me my first clue that the builders of this house may not have exactly been stellar employees.
After new treads were in place, I made a few minor repairs, filled all the holes/dings from carpet removal with wood filler, and the stairs were neglected for a little while to work on other projects.
One random day, I simply got tired of looking at the bare wood and began priming. Then painting (and that’s when I learned the technique behind painting every other stair tread so the stairs were still usable).
Once again, after thinking I was nearly finished, I walked away from the project to attend to other makeovers (ahem, working shower). And then I changed my mind and decided that white stair treads were simply too much to deal with when you have a dog marching mud in and out of the house.
So here’s what’s left on the to-do list and what I’m tackling with Kit’s Dueling DIY challenge:
Cleaning off all of the mud… again… which has already begun but it rained last night (UGH)…
Touch up the spindles (I simply got too lazy halfway through finishing this project last time and need to get these bright white before moving on to the black paint)…
Tackle any peeling areas with a sanding sponge and good quality primer (every beginner has a first project where they learn about peeling paint – mine just happened to be the stair railing when I first moved in)…
Paint the treads and handrails black (instead of white), and hang the handrail that was ripped out of the wall when I moved in…
And finally, put a carpet runner up the middle of the stairs – both to protect the paint job and to give Charlie more traction when she’s making a mess. So, here’s the part where you head over to Kit’s blog to see what progress she made on her part of the challenge over the weekend. We’ll be checking in each Tuesday to see who gets to call the other a chump. And since we called out for more participants last week, feel free to share your own staircase progress. I have a few links below already for the few who mentioned they were going to take on the challenge.
Want to join in? Link up in the comments and we’ll add you to the list next week!