Wood Stairs

It’s been a few weeks since a big project has happened at my house so it was about time for another one! We are currently working on adding a mudroom in some extra space from the garage but it isn’t quite done yet. The old entry from the garage to the house used to have carpeted stairs and they were always super dirty from all the saw dust and dirt tracked in on our shoes. Since we were working on that area of the garage/mudroom anyways, we figured it would be a good time to remove the carpet on the stairs.

This is how it looked before:

Wood Stairs

We first ripped off all the carpet and took out all the staples.

Wood Stairs

We put big pieces of cardboard on all sides of the stairs (top of the first step, front side of the first step, top of the second step, and front of the second step), traced them, and cut out the shapes.

Wood Stairs

We then cut those pieces of cardboard out and traced it onto a 4′ x 8′ piece of 3/4″ red oak plywood. We went with oak because it is a really hard wood and would be able to withstand the constant traffic on it every day. We cut the oak pieces to size, following our traced marks from the cardboard with a circular saw.

Wood Stairs

The oak pieces got nailed to the stairs with a nail gun. The stairs weren’t perfectly level so we had to use some shims. To keep them from squeaking in the future, they are glued on the top and bottom. We tried to not use too many nails so we wouldn’t have a lot of holes to fill in because stain never looks quite the same over wood filler.

Wood Stairs

We then added trim pieces of solid red oak along the edges and the transition piece to the mudroom. These were nailed in as well with a nail gun. We filled in all of the nail holes with wood filler and sanded them down once they were dry. We also sanded the sides to knock the edges down.

Wood Stairs

Then we stained it with Minwax Dark Walnut stain. And  will put on 2 coats of Minwax Polyurethane.

Wood Stairs

It still isn’t as dark as we would like so we might use a gel stain on top of it. Once we get all of the door trim done and mudroom complete, we will see how it looks and might make some changes.

Wood Stairs

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