The before shot:
You may have noticed I haven't really mentioned my staining project. Well, it's not complete, although I did dedicate a lot of time to it this weekend. Actually, it's kind of a pain in the ass, if you want to know the truth. It's not hard, just tedious and time consuming. Taping off, sanding, cleaning, staining, brushing out any air bubbles, keeping long smooth strokes, blah, blah, blah. It's looking good; it's just not fun. And the process is SLOW.
I managed to finish all of the rails and the transition at the top of the stairs , although I'll likely go back and give them one more coat. Next, I'll be removing the handrail going down the stairs from the wall and staining that in the garage to prevent any drips. Staining the treads, rails and posts at the bottom of the stairs will have to be done in stages (to prevent little hands and feet from coming into contact with the black gloss polyurethane). I'll probably do two treads and one rail at a time. The difference in before and after is pretty cool. I can't wait to show you guys...and be done with this project!
Psst-- Be sure to check out the new featured recipe and craft on the home page!
Are you in the middle of a kitchen update or currently in staining/painting hell (like me)? Any tips on tackling stairs? What have you found to be helpful in keeping momentum going?