Hello! I hope everyone is having a great Spring Break! Our’s is over and it was pretty uneventful. We worked outside a bit and got the boat back from the shop WAHOO!!! It still hasn’t been nice enough to take it out, but soon, very soon.
I’ve been agonizing over some of the final decisions regarding our remodel. I currently have ugly, dirty carpet on my stairs and I’m waiting for the glorious moment that I get to rip it all off! The problem is that I want to leave it off, as in have beautiful wood stairs like these:
I just can’t stand carpet on stairs. It always looks dirty and worn out, also, who want’s to lug the vacuum onto stairs anyway?
I’ve read some fabulous blog posts about ripping off the carpet and refinishing the stairs DIY style for next to nothing, but when I pulled back my carpet I didn’t find nice wood underneath, but rather ugly plywood that can’t be refinished. It would have to be replaced with new treads and risers. Boo. I priced out replacing it and it would be approximately $30.00 a stair for unfinished wood. That translates to $450 for the whole set, not to mention what it would take for refinishing supplies. So I’m trying to decide if I should carpet them for around $250, or go the extra mile and refinish them, which I know I will eventually want to do anyway. Hmmmm.
Another option would be to carpet the stairs in a different pattern than the rest of the house. Something like this:
Only mine wouldn’t look that fabulous because even in this picture you still see beautiful wood stairs.
Sorry the pictures are so small. That seemed to be the only size I could make them. So what do you think? Spend the extra and refinish them now, or carpet for now with plans to finish them later? So many choices! I need your help! Thanks for coming by!