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The Stairs Part 4

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So after prying off the previous owners step kit from the top portion of the stairs I was left with this.

 

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Glue, splinters, pieces that had come off. Not a pretty sight but really the point of no return.

 

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After scraping the wood to remove the glue my new sander helped getting the steps smooth. I had finally decided to go for a stain that matches the oak and varnish on top of that.

 

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Um, yeah. This was actually the second attempt at finding the right match for the oak. The first one which I tried out on a piece of scrap wood came out too orange and this one well… I know, terrible. If I had tried to match mahogany then maybe, but oak? Really?

 

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Needless to say I couldn’t live with that so out came my trusted can of white paint.

 

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Three coats later, problem solved.

I’m keeping the landing oak but the rest of the stairs will eventually be painted white. That’s a summer project. Now I know I don’t have to be as meticulous sanding though. Only a lighter sanding (after all the rest of the prep work obviously) will be needed and I can fill any holes without worrying about matching the wood finish.

I know white stairs aren’t ideal with dark kitties but I’ll have to live with that. Just need to sweep more often in between my weekly vacuuming sessions I guess. I have to say I’m happy with the result so despite all the back and forths it ended well.

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