Stairwell Makeover: ORC Week 3

If you are just joining me, Welcome! I’m in the middle of revamping my stairwell for Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge, you can catch up here for a little more back story and before pics.

This past week was sanding. Can I just take a moment and tell you how freaking sore my arms, neck and shoulders are?! It took me several hours to do, mostly because it’s just awkward sanding stairs with all those corners, and 4 days later I’m still feeling it.



Here’s a picture reference for you to see the sanded vs. stained and sealed that I was removing. The floors are 90+ years old so it’s never going to be perfect but I think I did a pretty good job cleaning them up.



These steps have been throughly sanded. I’m staining this week and my lovely parents are playing host to us while the floors dry. I never thought I’d have to move out of my house for this project, but we won’t have access to any of the bedrooms or the bathroom, so we can’t really stay here, esp with a toddler running around.

I’ve got the stain color selected. It looks off in this picture, much closer in person, just keep in mind the wood I sampled it on isn’t oak like the stairs and I didn’t seal the sample either, which affects the color.



Once the staining is complete I’ll be moving on to those beat-up risers. I know what you are thinking, yes I’m going to miss my Halloween stairs, but I’ll get through some how. I’m also planning on stripping my handrail and newel post caps. I’ve never stripped anything but windows, which were laying flat on a pair of saw horses. So if anyone has tips on stripping something that isn’t flat I’d love to hear your advice!

I’m also hoping to redress my window and if the universe aligns right maybe I’ll get a new light fixture too!


Thanks for visiting! Come back next week to see what kind of progress I’m making. And if you’re looking for more projects to gawk at, check out Linda’s ORC linkup (here) or the actual ORC (here)

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