Fixing uneven stain job on maple stairs

Q: We purchased a brand new home from a builder and paid for our stairs to be upgraded to maple. They did a butcher job prior to us moving in and now are trying to fix our stairs as they were not stained evenly, had footprints on each step, and some parts were darker than others. Continue reading Fixing uneven stain job on maple stairs

Can I use a gel stain that I have used on furniture to stain my stairs?

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors:  I recently pulled wall to wall broadloom off my staircase, and want to refinish the hardwood. My main floors are oak strips. The stairs are a solid piece of wood, not strips, (I don’t know what wood it is, but have been told it is not oak) and the risers are painted. I will keep them painted. Continue reading Can I use a gel stain that I have used on furniture to stain my stairs?

Removing dog pee stains from stair treads

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: After deciding to go with bare hardwood stair treads, we removed the carpeting only to find that a number of the stair treads have been urine stain-damaged by dogs. The slats on each stair are not random length and therefore we cannot simply remove a chunk to repair it. Continue reading Removing dog pee stains from stair treads

Do I just router the bullnose?

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I am replacing my stair treads with oak ‘slabs’ and want to know how to address the ends of the treads that are exposed (open staircase). Do I just router the bullnose along the “grain end” of the board, or should I miter in a piece whereby the grain runs along the open edge and then bullnose with the grain? Continue reading Do I just router the bullnose?

Removing old stair treads

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I am going to replace my carpeted stairs with oak treads and paint the risers. Do you have any suggestions on removing the existing pine treads and attaching the new oak treads? Continue reading Removing old stair treads

How do I install hardwood on my stairs?

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors:  I am planning to install hardwood on pre-existing stairs and landing that presently have a rug on them. I am going to use 2/14 strip by 3/4 Asian rosewood wood. I read on FaceLiftFloors.com to cut back the present stair nose to the riser of the next step. Continue reading How do I install hardwood on my stairs?

Why doesn’t anyone want to sand my risers?

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: My husband and I are trying to hire a contractor to refinish our 1927 home’s staircase and upstairs floors, which were covered with wall-to-wall carpet for years. The floors are no problem, but every person we talk to says they will sand and refinish stair treads, but no risers, because “most people just paint them.” That would look silly in our home when all the woodwork is otherwise stained. Continue reading Why doesn’t anyone want to sand my risers?

Creaking and squeaking stairs

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: My stairs are creaking a lot and I want to fix this. I have taken up the carpet but can’t find any nail heads to get an idea where I should put in wood screws. I also do not know where the joists are. I can’t access the stairs from below. Help! What should I do? Continue reading Creaking and squeaking stairs

What kind of paint should I use on stair railing?

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: My husband installed oak boards on our stairs. I am planning on painting the backs and the railing white.

Can you tell me what kind of paint would be best? I have 4 kids so it has to be durable. Continue reading What kind of paint should I use on stair railing?

Can we stain and polyurethane stairs before installation?

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: We are installing hardwood stairs. Can we stain and polyurethane before installation, or should we do the polyurethane after the install? Continue reading Can we stain and polyurethane stairs before installation?