Yesterday was my wife's birthday. We celebrated by going to dinner at a nice local seafood place and by stripping the staircase! If that is not love I don't know what is!
Yes, we attacked the staircase last night. The staircase people came by yesterday afternoon and cut out all the white wood balusters. They will be replaced by wrought iron ones eventually. The carpet that was on the staircase was ripped up as well as the old pad. This was a very dirty job.
Then all the staples that had been put in to hold the pad had to be removed. I believe that I counted a little over a bazillion of these tough little guys. There were staples holding staples in.
Then all the tack strips with the little nails had to be removed. These were nailed down by another bazillion nails. Once that was done, we vacuumed the staircase, and then pulled out more staples that we missed. The picture to the right is the result.
The stair treads will be sanded, stained to match the floors, and sealed. Some treads will be replaced because they have bad spots or just are too rough to refinish. Once this is done, next week I think, the railings and other wood pieces will be cleaned and resealed. Then the new wrought iron balusters will be put in. What could go wrong?
Meanwhile, we have moved everything out of the dining room and foyer in preparation for the floors being refinished. There are now rooms in my home so filled with all this stuff from the rooms we are working on that the doors won't close.
Hopefully by mid next week the floors will be finished and we can begin the process of moving everything back where it belongs.