What goes up dust come down
Rick is making fantastic progress sanding the stairs, gradually removing the old pine color from the treads and railing (eventually we’ll beÂ replacing itÂ with a darker stain).Â It’s been a huge job to tackle on his own.Â But given the amount of dust that this project has generated, maybe it is best that I have been away for this part (we don’t want a replay of the asthma attack following the carpet removal when we first moved in).
Here are a few pics taken by Rick to document the progress he is making.Â The one dark stair tread was a test run on a replacement stain color. Check out those doggy footprints in the dust!
In this pic, Rick has totally removed the stair railing and all the spindles in order to finish the sanding.Â It looks so open and airy without stair railing – it’s a shame it’s suchÂ a death trap!
I love that there is so much dust in the air that even the camera has little specks of dust in the lens.
You can really see the difference between the sanded stair treads and the original orangey color of the floor.Â I think that using aÂ rich chocolate brown on the stairs will add depth and sophistication, and hopefullyÂ the “wow-factor”, to the entryway.
The next decision we have to make is what to do with the stair risers.Â Keep them white as a nice contrast to the darker stain on the treads?Â Or stain them for a cohesive look?Â Or do something daring such as paint them a different color, add wallpaper, or even tiles?Â What do you think?