Sunday, February 20, 2011

don't stair at me

Yesterday we tackled the staircase carpet. I just couldn't take it any longer. This was underneath:

Then about 2 hours of taking out all the staples and trying to clean the wood underneath:
This is as good at it is going to get. For now.

Are we ready to live with this while we decide what we are doing?
In the meantime we gave ourselves strict instructions to use slippers or shoes when traversing this thing. There may or may not be scary splintering wood sticking out all directions.

What should we do? As previously discussed many many times on this blog, the banister and woodwork will be painted white. But the rest??

Choice A - Refinish wood to match rest of house, add sisal runner:

Choice B: Refinish treads only, paint risers white:

Choice C: Refinish treads only, paint risers white, add sisal runner:

Choice D: Paint risers and treads white, add sisal runner:

And all the choices together:

I'm leaning towards choice C, but not totally convinced. John really likes A. What do you think?


  1. I'm with John - but I wouldn't want to have to clean the dust bunnies out of the corners of each step - it may be cheaper NOT to have to refinish each step and just put carpeting on the WHOLE surface of each step - not the risers. C is nice too :)

  2. I know - I forgot to render that option! I'll add that to the mix tomorrow :)

  3. My vote is definitely for B, but I like the look of D as well. Of course, all of these are better than what you started with, so you really can't lose. :P