After countless months of staircase restoration work and almost endless updates, the day has finally arrived! We’ve finished!
Can’t believe it? Well, neither can we, but our staircase restoration project is finally complete. Bet you never thought we’d say that!
I still can’t stop jumping up and down and running into the hallway to stare at our finished staircase, so please excuse us if there are even more spelling mistakes than usual (typing and jumping at the same time is surprisingly difficult!).
I’m sure you’d like to know all of the nitty-gritty details, so hold on and make sure you don’t slip on any wet paint! This may take a while…
Let’s start right back at the beginning.
This is what our staircase looked like when we moved in.
Not a pretty sight, is it? The spindles were boarded up and everything had been painted so many times, that most of the detail in the wood carvings had been lost – not to mention our whole hallway being brown and green.
One day, just a few weeks after moving in, the brown started to get me so down that, in a complete fit, I painted everything white to brighten the place up.
It only took a few hours and made such an amazing difference, but when Jan came home from work the day I finished painting, he didn’t notice a difference! Can you believe it?! Eventually, everything will still need skimming, but for now, it will have to do.
Okay, so the walls may look slightly better, but the rest is still awful. The carpet really wasn’t to our taste, and I even fell down the stairs twice just because it was so worn and slippery.
There were chips all over the painted wood, and everything was really dirty and had started to turn yellow.
After removing the boards and lots of hours of stripping and sanding, things actually looked worse than before!
I’m not sure what kind of paint had been used for the spindles, but it kept going really sticky when trying to strip it with the heat gun. It went everywhere and was a complete pain to remove.
If you’re planning on stripping any paint, especially in an older home, it’s always important to carry out a test to check if you have any lead paint!
If we’d thought that the stripping had taken a long time, we really weren’t prepared for the amount of time it would take for the sanding.
You can catch up on the details of lots more sanding, stripping, and painting in our previous posts, which we’ll be linking to at the end of this post.
But now, for the moment, you’ve all been waiting for!
Drum roll, please… here it is – our finished staircase!
Although the steps are stained a very dark brown mahogany colour, the hallway is much brighter.
Everything is so much cleaner and neater.
We’re really happy with how the panelling turned out, too.
We love the contrast between the dark steps and the white risers.
The handrail is stained the same as the steps, but we’ve waxed it instead of varnishing it.
The hallway floors, especially the upstairs one, both still need sorting. At the moment, we’re planning on sanding the original floorboards.
Considering the state our staircase was in when we started the restoration, we’re amazed that it has turned out so well.
As it’s taken us a ridiculous amount of time to complete this job, here are a few stats just to show how involved this project actually was.
250 hours of stripping and sanding
3 Eye rinses (yes, we did wear protective goggles)
Countless scratches and cuts
3.5 l of paint
24 hours painting, staining and varnishing
1 roll of masking tape
Lots of swearing
1 fall down the stairs (not quite sure how that happened…)
As always, here are our side-by-side before and after shots.
Isn’t it amazing what a difference a bit of hard work and paint can make?
The spindles are so much better now!
Everything took such a long time to strip, sand and paint, but looking back at what it used to be like, it was so worth it!
The whole hallway feels completely different!
We’re so happy it’s finally completed! We’re still planning to have a runner installed but haven’t been able to decide which carpet to go for.
If you’d like to catch up on all the previous steps of our staircase restoration in more detail, you can check them out here:
More importantly, you can read about how all of the other lovely Duelling DIY ladies are getting on here:
Have you ever started a project that seemed to take forever to complete? Have you ever restored a staircase? What do you think of our restoration? Was all of the work worth it? Let us know which carpet we should go for!