Last week our staircase restoration didn’t see much progress. The moulding we wanted for the staircase panelling hadn’t arrived and our motivation was at an all-time low.
With the end so near, this weekend was dedicated to trying to finish the restoration. Before you get all excited – no, we still aren’t finished.
In my rush to finish the project, I’d painted over some areas that just weren’t completely smooth and it really showed after the paint had been applied. So some more sanding was required. What fun!
Not looking any better is it?
Then for some more painting. We still had to neaten up a lot of the edges and I used a small artists brush for all of the detailed work.
After finishing the painting, I lightly sanded and stained the treads again. There were a few splashes of paint here and there and the general dirt had marked them so much, that they needed freshening up.
As you can see the top four steps are quite a lot darker after staining them again and it’s also a much more even finish.
We chose a stain rather than a paint finish for the treads, as the stain soaks into the wood slightly, so that if we ever knock or chip a step, the mark won’t show up in a different colour.
After staining the steps, we applied a few coats of varnish to the steps. All in all, we’ll probably apply 3 coats of varnish to give the steps some extra protection.
The wood for our panelling finally arrived on Wednesday, so after a bit of measuring and sawing we could finally attach it to our newly skimmed wall. You can read about how we skimmed the wall here.
Being lazy, we decided to use No Nails to attach the moulding to the wall.
We love the stuff, it holds amazingly well and allows you to slightly adjust the positioning when you’ve attached it to the wall.
We still need to caulk around our new panelling and also buy an extra half a meter of moulding, as annoyingly we didn’t quite buy enough to completely finish the project. All in all we’re really happy with how it looks so far.
I love our slightly shiny treads and the panelling already seems to finish off the wall.
Aren’t the steps amazing? For the first time, it feels like the hours and hours of sanding were actually worth it.
We’re so close to finishing and with a bit of luck we’ll be sharing the final result with you next week! I can’t wait!