REFURBISHING THE STAIRS: PART I

April 18, 2016

The carpet is gone; the carpet padding is gone; the tack strips are gone; two milion staples are gone. The stairs are ready to be made beautiful.

Our staircase future feels bright.

LEARNING WHAT IS UNDER THE STAIR CARPET from Rachel Schultz 2

The only thing more work than spackling two million staple holes was removing two million staple holes.

REFURBISHING THE STAIRS PART I from Rachel Schultz

After spackle-palooza I got to bust out my Christmas gift for the first time – this bosch orbital sander.

I chose it because with my brief research, it has high reviews, a good price, and is pretty for a power tool. (And there is a chic carrying case for when you are, you know, orbital sanding on the go.)

REFURBISHING THE STAIRS

Part I of my refurbishing process is working on the risers and part two will be staining the runs. For the risers, I wanted a smooth, glossy white final surface.

ORBITAL SANDERS FOR PRESIDENT. It blasted through the job really smoothly and getting one with a little trap for the dust made it clean to work with and I did not need a respirator.

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One tip for using an orbital sander is that you do not need to push down harder to get the surface smoother. If the material is not getting as smooth as you want you need a higher grit paper. Pressing down on the sander just slows down its orbit.

For this job, I passed over once with a p80 paper and then finished with a p180.

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PHASE I IS COMPLETE.

Let us recall the entryway status before we moved in.

Before and After

Renovation progress, it is a beautiful thing.

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Comments

  • Chris

    Looking really good. It does look better with that piece on the wall painted white – more balanced. Two million staples, huh? Yikes!!! I do agree that a palm sander is pretty versatile – I think it’s because of its’ size. When we do get around to taking the carpet off our stairs down to the basement, I plan on keeping in mind the sander and the millions of staples that may need to be removed. This house was built in 1996 but I’m not sure if procedures were any different than our first house built in 1971. Fortunately, we love staying busy…

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