How to makeover a staircase with carpet into a classic stained staircase with white risers and balusters.
Entry/Foyer Staircase Makeover
Welcome to the foyer of my house.
Aside from the wonderful lake view, this spacious foyer was one of the features we loved most when we were first shown the house. It is welcoming, open, and airy… all the characteristics I love a room to have. Every other room branches out from it in one way or another.
What I don’t like about the foyer is all of the brown balusters. There are a lot of them….61 to be exact and 4 posts, plus the risers and stringers. I would like them all to be white.
I also don’t like the wasted space underneath the staircase and would like to close it up to create storage so it looks something like this beautiful staircase…
Do you remember the staircase makeover I did a few years ago in my previous house?
It was one of the best home improvement projects we ever did. It did take time and lots of effort, but the entire project cost under $50. I am going to do the same thing to the staircase in our new house.
That is physically the hardest part of the job.
I have purchased all the supplies I need to take on stairway makeover #2. This time around though it is going to be a little easier for a few reasons:
- I have experience now, having previously made over a staircase with stain and paint.
- There was only a carpet runner on the steps. They were not fully upholstered. Removal was a lot easier and there were a lot less staples and nails to remove (Ed may not agree).
- The wood on the staircase is much nicer than at our previous house, less knots and staple holes that needed to be sanded smooth.
I found stain to match the steps and will be painting the risers and same way I wrote about in this post.
Ed did his part, now I can start my part, but before I can paint…
…I have to mask off the area around every baluster. Sometimes the most time consuming part of the job is the prep work. I have one down…60 more to go.
Want to See How the Staircase Came Out?
Update: The staircase makeover is complete. Here are the links to the posts on how we changed it from creating a hidden door under the staircase to painting all the balusters:
- How to Paint Staircase Risers
- Painting Staircase Balusters Without Losing Your Mind
- How to Add a Hidden Door Under a Staircase
If you would like to see the BEFORE and AFTER of my previous staircase makeover, you can find it here: My Foyer Staircase Makeover Reveal