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I decided I wanted to try to renovate my staircase at home myself. It had carpeting that used to be white, but had changed to a dingy gray over the years. I figured I could pull up the carpet and there would be wood underneath that I could sand/stain and it would look great. But the wood underneath is worse than the carpeting. Any suggestions?
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That is often the case. If the builder intends to carpet there is no need to go to the expense of good wood under it. Sometimes the edges look and fit well enough that you can use a carpet runner down the middle and finish the ends. Or you can sand and paint. Or any other of different coverings.
Posts: 7138 | Location: North MN & Northern AR | Registered: Oct 01, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Agree with Metwo. I had our stairs replaced last Christmas with oak treads and painted risers. The guys doing it knocked it out in about 4 hours not including the finishing. Each tread retails for about $50. I think the stairs alone were about $2500. This was part of a larger project expanding the hardwoods into the family room and living room and the upstairs hallway and refinishing the existing hardwood floors. We had decent wood under our stairs but it wasn't oak. In several of my homes the treads were 2x stock because they were going to be covered by carpet.

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Posts: 6961 | Location: Cary, North Carolina | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I'd start with wood filler, then sand, primer and paint. I've done it in a couple of homes and it looked pretty good without the cost of new treads. As mentioned above, a carpet runner with stair rods is a nice way to finish the look.

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Thanks for all your suggestions!! I actually ended up using some oak treads from this stair supplies company. They were really helpful.
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