Just 4 years after moving into our home and 2 short years after starting to restore our staircase, we’re so happy to say that it’s completely finished and will never ever be touched again!
Okay, so admittedly the staircase stripping, sanding, staining and painting was completed a while ago, but now we’ve finally had a runner installed, too!
This was possibly one of the quickest projects we’ve ever tackled – probably because we didn’t do it ourselves. The bit that took longest was undoubtedly trying to agree on a runner that we both liked!
It’s probably our own fault, as we took what felt like about 20 samples home from the carpet shop (it’s surprising how different they look in your own home next to the staircase) and spend what felt like forever weighing up the pros and cons of each one.
After ordering the carpet (it’s called De Stijl by Kingsmead Carpets) it was cut to size and then had to be sent away to have the edges bound. All in all it took about 3 weeks until it was actually installed.
As you know, we try to DIY most jobs, but this is one job that we feel is better left to the professionals and the fitters were so fast that it was almost impossible to snap some progress pictures.
We couldn’t be happier with the result.
I’ll admit, that I wasn’t sure we’d made the right choice at first, but I guess it was just the totally different look than the one we’d gotten so used to, that we had to get over.
It’s so soft and luxurious and we think that it really finishes the staircase off.
It’s actually total changed the sound in the hallway, too. We hadn’t really noticed an echo or anything before, but now that the carpet is in, it really helps keep sound down – not least because or treads don’t creak anymore – well, not quite as much!
Our hallway is definitely one of the spaces in our home that has changed the most. It’s almost hard to imagine that it once used to be covered in brown paint and that the staircase had be boarded up and hidden under a worn out and smelly green carpet.
Do you prefer carpet on the stairs or do you like to leave the wooden treads on show? Do you have a runner on your stairs?