Sunday, April 13, 2014

New Stairs to the Mancave

We recently took carpet out of the Mancave and laid acacia hardwood. See it HERE. It turned out so nice.  The next step was redoing the stairs up to that room.  We have walnut throughout our main living, so we decided to make the new stairs out of walnut. Both woods are fairly close in looks, but we wanted to make sure that the stairs matched the main living area as closely as possible. 

The stairs have a landing in the middle.  My husband came up with this ingenious solution to make the landing look good from both directions.
Here's how he did it:
Lots of specific cuts.
Filler was applied to all of the wood so it would fill in any cracks (haha--hence the name FILLER!)  :)  But also to keep the stain consistent.
Here is the before.  Not bad carpet, but we didn't want to have wood on both floors, then carpet in the middle...

Pieces of walnut glued up.

Filler applied to everything.



All of the carpet, staples, pad, etc removed.


All of the bullnose had to be cut off of the old stair treads.  It was SO messy in our entire house!! 

My husband made up this jig so that all of the angles would be cut perfectly.

The first step was the hardest as it had the edges sticking out.  It had to be perfect!

All of the stair treads and risers were put on.  Liquid Nails was used to hold the stairs down.  The weights stayed on overnight to adhere the glue to the bases.



The edges were put on the bottom stair and finished it off nicely.

This project took about four weekends.  It is so nice to have the stairs done and have the house clean again!
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  1. Your husband is so talented! Love the landing..i have seen many older home where the living and dining areas have the same design. Great idea, beautiful.

  2. Those stairs are gorgeous! I love hardwood...just so rich and beautiful. Glad I found you through Amaze Me Mondays. I am your newest follower :) Blessings!

  3. They look wonderful :) I say wood over carpet any day and the landing is perfect.

  4. Beautiful job, Pam! I love the details in the landing. Your hubby is amazing!!

  5. Your stairs look fantastic. What a lot of work, but good for you and your husband for persevering.

  6. I love the X you put into the wood on the landing. Looks like you did a great job, Pam.

  7. How gorgeous is that wood! Stunning and makes a world of difference.

  8. Love the new stairs & that landing is gorgeous!

  9. Those stairs & landing are incredible. Great job!

  10. Oh I love your stairs, they look amazing and the landing design is so beautiful. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  11. What did he use to cut off the bullnose? Beautiful work!

  12. Love your new stairs and landing.
    So beautiful!

  13. You and your hubby are amazing Pam...they are beautiful! Sure wish I had all that "can do" in me...ya'll did GREAT!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...

  14. Hi Pam, thank you so much for this post. We're hoping to do this at our house too, and the layout of our stairs is much the same. That landing is gorgeous!

  15. I love the way that you did your stair way. I want to replace the carpet that is on my stairs for hard wood ones. I have just slipped down my stairs enough times to realize that carpet is not the best idea on stairs.


  16. Great home renovations! I really love the 'X' you put on the flooring on the staircase. There are so many home improvement projects that I want to start but I don't even know where to begin! What was your first home improvement project?

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