July 8, 2012
Home Improvement Time – Stage 1

So one of the four items is completely done and two more are nearly done. Here’s the rundown:

The new floor is completely done. The installer came in and did a beautiful job laying down the new laminate floor. I’m not including any photos of this because I didn’t do the work, but I will acknowledge the great job the installer did. The installer was H&H Construction and I’d recommend them to anyone.

The stairs, I am nearly complete. They are not complete because there is a coat of paint to go on the entire foyer to match the risers on the stairs, Antique White. I took out our old wrought iron handrail and stair rails. Then I took out our old steps and risers as well as the mismatched carpet on them. I had previously purchased oak treads for the stairs (treads are what you step on and risers are the vertical part of the stairs) and cut them to size, sanded them smooth and put three coats of Helmsman urethane. Also, I installed oak handrails and balusters as well as oak stair rails. So while the stairs look great and are usable, there is still some painting to be done.

Lower stairs

Top of the lower stairs

Upper stair rail and handrail

Upper stairs

The upper hallway was necessary also. We have a light colored carpet and it was in a high traffic area. Add to that a dog and you get the idea. We simply couldn’t keep the carpet clean. So I replaced it with laminate flooring. It took one day to finish it, but it isn’t quite finished. There’s one piece of trim that yet needs to be installed. I used all the trim that Menards had on hand and it wasn’t enough. I’m one piece short. Other than that, the hallway is done.

The hallway floor

The hallway floor with the divider to the carpet in the living room

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Run batted in by BillH at 11:33 pm |  2 comments so far


  • Eddie says:

    Nice Job! Where did you purchase banisters and railings from?
    I purchased a home with the same banister style but one is missing. I would like to install the missing banister and prefer to have the same type.

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