Here they are before we moved in. Notice the stains? The wallpaper? ick.
Then the day after The Lettered Cottage and HGTV crew left I took advantage of the Discount Dumpster Rental left in our drive way and, with the help of my hubs and mother, we ripped up every inch of carpet in the house…including THE STAIRS. If you don’t have this kind of resource like I did, then roll off dumpsters would be a great alternative, go and click here now for extra info.
I had a vision for these sad little stairs. I never wanted the super put-together look of fancy, shiny stairs for this house. I had a vision of using the builder grade stairs meant for carpet covering and hammering/chaining/beating/aging them in to a beautiful rustic stairway. One problem: I have never, ever, ever seen this done. I googled and googled hoping to find someone who has done what I envisioned in my head. Nothing. THEN (trumpets sound!)……Pinterest to the rescue! These stairs showed up in my feed one day and they are identical to what I’ve been envisioning. So it IS possible!
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I’m not quite sure when the stair project will start, but it will probably be right before or right after we get the carpet cleaned by a professional carpet cleaning service and then have the caret placed up stairs sometime within the next month. I’ve been reading about the method to age wood by using vinegar and steel wool. It seems to be the method that gives me the color I’m looking for. I’ll be testing it out on some scrap wood soon!