SIDE NOTE---MY NEW STAIRS!
HERE was my current problem---all the kids would hang out around the bar on the computer crowding my tiny front room/ kitchen area. Here's the ironic part--we had 2 bedrooms on the main floor that weren't EVER used (guest room and a "office"). I decided to put one to use.
It was a late summer evening and we've been talking about this project for awhile--a few other families were hanging out with us on our front porch, we decided to get started. The kids had a blast!
In progress--from the office side
Now the kids have a spot!
Our boys helped remove the carpet and tack strips…for $ of course!
AFTER---We installed the hardwood stairs ourselves. I bought the treads and risers from Stair-treads.com and stained and polyeurethened them ourselves. Here's their instructional video for installing. If you are redoing your stairs buy this tool for $20 from Home Depot! It makes your cuts look like magic and fit like a glove.
We did hire a handy man to patch the sheet rock and set the newell posts and install the trim since there were crazy angles we didn't feel comfortable doing it. Totally worth the money! Then Heber was awesome and repainted the whole ceiling and painted the stripes back to the right of the door.