stair makeover & a giveaway win!
Tags: Life, cottage style decorating, painted stairs, stair runner, dyi project, ramsigns, sweet nothings blog giveaway
Before I share with you what I've been up to on my back hall stairs, I have to tell y'all that I won Sweet Nothings $99 Enamel House Number Sign from the Danish company Ramsigns.  I am giddy with delight.  BJ's fun giveaway was something I really wanted to win because I knew my cottage-by-the-creek would look very fetching sporting some new numbers out front.  So after an exhausting day stripping 55-year-old adhesive off of my stairs, I checked my email before going to bed and I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw BJ's sweet email stating I'd won!  Now I just have to decide which style will best suit my traditional Cape Cod style house.  I need a new roof and I intend to paint the shutters and front door too - now I can replace my dated and dowdy house numbers with the smart and stylish numbers from Ramsigns.  Thanks, BJ, for this blessing!!  God is so good!

After going to a couple of estate sales with my Mom and stopping for tea, I headed over to Home Depot and bought some adhesive stripper so I could try and clean up the stairs after removing two layers of flooring.  Last night I yanked off one layer of vinyl, one layer of old linoleum, and the subfloor.  I had to enlist Ben's help to get the subfloor up as I just wasn't strong enough. 

The "before" picture

The beadboard is new and the walls are freshly painted.  The old vinyl had yellowed and I knew I needed to replace the floor in order to really make this space shine.

I made sure I wore a mask when I pulled off the second layer of linoleum because I suspect it's got asbestos in it.  It was hard to remove it because I couldn't get my pry bar behind it so I ended up chipping it apart to make a gap so I could get the pry bar started.  I was paranoid the whole time, thinking I was exposing myself to asbestos - too many law suit commercials on these days!

This is the product the man at Home Depot recommended.  I used a small roller to apply it and tried to get it on pretty thick, though that was hard to do on the risers.  After about 1-1/2 hours, I gave it another dose.  If there was just adhesive, it may have worked better, but there seemed to be a layer of tar paper covered with green felt.  That caused me much angst.  My back is NOT happy with me tonight.  Nor are my knees ...

After three hours, I began the arduous task of scrapping and scrubbing.  Again, this was NOT fun.  I was not able to get all the black tar gunk off but I did get most of the adhesive off of the risers.  Tomorrow I'll share a photo of what the stairs look like "naked."  For now, I'm done in.  It was hard work and I'm sure my friends and family would say I'm nuts.  Initially I thought I'd just peel off the old flooring, put down a new sub-floor and install peel-and-stick groutable tiles from the Home Depot.  But then I got the crazy idea to paint the stairs ...

Tonight I'll be dreaming of painted stairs ... and enamel signs from Ramsigns ...




Have a happy weekend,

Linking to:
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Show and Tell Saturday at Be Different, Act Normal


Reply from: Ricki Jill Treleaven on 4/15/2011 8:03 PM
 I love the painted stairs. I have always liked that look! Congrats on your Ramsign win. I won one from Marie @ Marie's Maison, and I love it! They are very high quality signs. Have a great weekend! xoxoxo, Ricki Jill
Reply from: GardenOfDaisies on 4/15/2011 11:20 PM
 What a huge job!! Will you have to sand the rest of the tar yuk off? Your stairs will look amazing painted. Can't wait to see the finished product!
Reply from: A Few Pennies on 4/16/2011 8:12 AM
 Lots of hard work, but the the results will be awesome! Can't wais to see the results--great ideas you have!
Reply from: Fairfield House on 4/16/2011 7:16 PM
 Hi Lynn, This is my first visit to your lovely blog via My Romantic Home. Being an old home owner, I feel your pain! You got a lot accomplished and I look forward to seeing your results. Love your inspirational photos. Deborah
Reply from: Marianne on 4/16/2011 8:38 PM
 Congratulations on your winning! What fun. Oh, my, remodeling is soooo....messy, isn't it. But it's going to be sooo beautiful when it's complete. I"m looking forward to seeing your finished project.
Reply from: SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime on 4/17/2011 9:38 PM
 Hi, Lynn! You've got a lot of informative & creative posts so why not show them off at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? My co-host this week is Amber from Lucky Lees To Be. This is a combination of linky party (where we can show off our creations) and of blog hop (where we can follow as many excellent bloggers as we like), hence the name Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. It's a great way to meet awesome creative bloggers like you and increase your followers in the process. All you have to do is 1) link up whatever creative post you'd like to share - can be a DIY project, decor, photography, crafts, recipes, poem, thrift finds, tips, or that informative syndicated post that can make us laugh, or cry - in short, whatever you're proud of! 2) Then follow as many blogs as your heart desires, preferably starting first with the one before you and after you, and leave a comment to them that you're doing so. You’re not required to include the party button – you read that right – not required to include the party button but if you’re so inclined to display it in your blog or your post, you’re very much welcome to do so :) See you at http://www.homemakeronadime.com/2011/04/creative-bloggers-party-hop-041711.html
Reply from: Sherry on 4/18/2011 4:21 PM
 Looking good so far. Love the inspiration pics. Thanks for linking it up! Congrats on winning the house sign! Sherry
Reply from: RHome410 on 4/18/2011 10:37 PM
 I can't wait to see what you do with your stairs. With those pics as inspiration, they'll have to be wonderful.


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