Filling, sanding and priming

Hello again! Sorry for all the time between posts, where did May go?! I've heard that many of you are waiting to see the final results but this is not that post! This post will show you a little bit of the process we took to get the stairs finished.

First up, filling holes and sanding. We used wood filler to fill in the biggest holes keeping in mind that a runner was going to go down the middle of the step so we didn't have to worry too much about what the stair looked like under the carpet. Then we put plastic up to seal in the staircase and took an orbital sander to the treads to smooth out the worst of the bumps.

Carpet is off, holes are filled and treads are sanded.

Carpet is off, holes are filled and treads are sanded.

The next step was priming. Priming the treads and risers was easy-peasy but those balusters and the handrail were TEDIOUS and time consuming! Thankfully I only had to do 1 coat of primer and then switched to semi-gloss white for the balusters and semi-gloss dark grey for the handrail. My original thought was to paint the risers white and the stair treads a light grey. So...I had my husband tape off the treads.

2 rolls of tape and a couple of hours later

2 rolls of tape and a couple of hours later

And once all the taping was done...I decided I just wanted to paint the treads white! The more I looked at the staircase and pictured the treads grey, the more I felt it was all getting a little too Beatlejuicy (yes that's a word!). So we used gloss floor paint to paint the treads white and then took all that tape off! Next post WILL have the final reveal and I promise it won't take so long between posts so stay tuned!