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January 17, 2013


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Ohhoh what a job! Hope the rest goes/went well.


...a cliffhanger.... Benita, only you can make the story about refinishing the stairs sound like a mystery or a thriller, making the readers wait for the next chapter in anticipation. I guess it has something to do with you being born in Finland and living in Sweden - so many great Scandinavian mystery writers :-).

Anne Cathrine

Hi, long time reader/first time commenter (as far as I can remember at least :). I have the same type of pine stairs in our new house (are there any pine trees left in Scandinavia after the 80s?)and I'd like to paint the sides and railing white and maybe stain the treads dark. We'll see. Just wondering how much elbow grease is needed to sand down everyting? I have a Mister Mouse (that I love)and the previous owner has done nothing to them so it's just a matter of sanding down the varnish and maybe evening out 17 years of wear.

Also do you use oil based paint? It is probably a longer lasting finish than water based but I have a two year old and don't like the smell.

Thank you so much. Love to Mini and Bonus.


It took about an hour to sand one tread. It had glue residue, old varnish and lots of nicks and dings. It would probably be quicker with a belt sander but the issue is reaching corners etc where the mouse has advantage.

Solvent based paints aren't allowed here anymore so basically (with a few exceptions)all paints are water based now. Be sure to get special floor paint though if your stairs are high traffic.

I will give them a kiss aech from you when I get home :)


Hi Benita
Just wanted to share my tip for doing stairs. I recently painted my stairs and like yours we use them everyday so they couldn't be out of order. To get around this i painted every second step and the next day when they were dry did the in betweeners.
I am looking forward to seeing what you decide on.


Yeah, my neighbor did that too!


We also had terrible trouble with our stairs. The previous owners also fitted a stair lift that left awful holes all the way up. It was hell trying to fill it all and take all the staples out.

In the end we had a man come and look at it as the stairs were cracked in some places. Our house is quite old and he said it would be hard to match the wood. So we had to have carpet fitted. I cant wait to see how your steps come out. it will be an idea for my next house.

Love your blog!


First time commenter -- I have very old stairs(1860s?) although no nail holes, they are a bit chewed up looking, so we taped down rugs on the stair treads. They are very safe, especially since we used to slip on the bare stairs in our stocking feed and out dog needs them too so he doesn't slip with his nails. You can find stair treads in many different sizes and colors, and the special carpet tape that comes with them is very secure. Some styles even have sticky backings themselves. Thought I'd mention it since you were worried about tripping.


Oh my gosh, Lady! What a lot of work! You are amazing!


Oops, my answer is under your comment not next to it!



the spectator

You're a star! A hardworking star!

Angela @ A Pink Sunset

I wish you lots of luck on this project! It's awesome that you're taking on this project, and that you keep us updated! :)


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