Recently we tackled one of the biggest DIY projects that we’ve done in a while. Today I’ll share with you how to remove carpet from stairs and stain the wood underneath.
Here’s what the stairs looked like before… Kind of like a giant cat toy! Our cat loves playing on the stairs and had even clawed through to the padding in one spot! We live in a townhouse and I really do love the open stairs but not when they looked like this!
Warning: This next picture is disgusting. You may want to scroll by it quickly! But, unfortunately, that is what our stairs really looked like before this project.
So in one day my husband and daughter pulled out the carpet and padding from the hall (that’ll be another post!) and stairs. He used a carpet knife and sliced it open from one side to the other and then just pulled off the carpet and padding. Gloves were an important part of this process, too, those staples are painful little buggers! But this was the easiest part of the whole process!
Every time we’ve done this and seen what’s under the carpet we say “no more carpet… EVER!!!” FYI, it’s nasty under your carpet!
After vacuuming up all that nasty stuff it took the three of us working for the next two days to pull out all the staples. My tack puller became my favorite tool! But I needed a pair of pliers to get the little parts that broke off.
Here’s what we found under the carpet… Rough wood. But I wanted a rustic look so I felt like this would work.
There was some paint that needed to be removed. I guess the builders didn’t think anyone would ever take the carpet off so they didn’t really care if paint spilled or not.
A little scraping and a quick run with an orbit sander got rid of the stains and here’s what we were left with:
Now the music man handed it back over to me for the finishing touches.
I wiped on Minwax Wood Finish in dark walnut. The label said it needed 8 hours to dry completely so I made sure I had everything I needed from upstairs, put the cat out, and started staining from top to bottom.
I think I cheated a little and didn’t wait the full 8 hours but when it was completely dry I started on the finish coat of Minwax Polycrylic. This time I did every other stair since it was getting late and I really wanted to sleep in my own bed that night.
We had people recommend that we start at the bottom and work up right before bedtime. But I’m glad we didn’t do that cause it took longer than we expected to dry. It was tacky for over 24 hours. Maybe because of humidity or temperature?
The next day I finished the odd-numbered stairs. I decided not to sand them because I didn’t want a slick finish on my stairs. And here’s what they looked like:
We also ordered these sisal carpet stair treads from Amazon. I love how they look but I’m going to wait until winter to put them on. I’m enjoying feeling the bare wood under my feet right now.
We still have the trim to put in but because of work schedule have put that off for a while. I really don’t mind because I’m so excited not to be walking on that giant dirty cat scratching pole. So I may have to share another photo with you in the winter with the trim and carpet runners.
Looking back, it was worth all the work!
Leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve ever pulled up any carpet in your home. And if you have, what did you find underneath?
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim