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A Little Bit of Sanity and A Lot of Chaos: Stair progress report number 4

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Stair progress report number 4

I know that you all wait with bated breath on the progress of the stairs. So here's the latest.

Now, don't laugh. Promise me. Seriously.

Okay. You can laugh. I know you are going to anyway...

I watch Bob Villa. You know, 'This Old House'. Come on. I know you do too. One of my favorite episodes is when he went to "help" (cause you know he doesn't do anything) at a barn that someone was turning into a house. That's my dream. To turn a barn into a house. Can you picture it? Go here and take a look at one. Tom thinks it will stink. Not, stink be bad. But stink. Smelly stink. I told him he could sleep outside.

(That would be my pool. In my barn. With a fireplace, of course.) Photo courtesy of This Old House.

Okay, off track. Where was I....dreaming....right. So I watch Bob Villa. And I was watching him install a pine plank floor in a house in New England. It was gorgeous and I'm pretty sure I am going to put pine planks in every room in my house. Don't start on me about it being noisy and rough. He gave tips and hints to help that. He's Bob Villa. Come on!

This all started because I wanted to put pine planks on my landing. (Prior to watching Bob.) But, everyone thought what you do.  Don't deny it. I know in your head you are saying, "Oh Kirsty, don't make that mistake. It will creak and crack and be bumpy. " But I don't care. In fact, I talked to a carpenter at HD the other day and he told me NOT to do it. BUT, Bob Villa did it. So I thought we could too.

Bob, okay the dude Bob was talking to, put roofing felt down on the sub-floor then the pine planks. Roofing felt is pretty inexpensive, however, it comes in a gigantic roll. HUGE. All I needed was a tiny piece. So far. So, there is a house being built in our neighborhood and I went dumpster diving for a tiny little piece. No such luck. BUT, then I went back when there were workers there. You will never guess what happened. The painters were there and I knocked ever so sweetly and put on my pitiful help a poor mom out face, and one of the painters said, "I've got a roll in my truck. I don't need it. You can have the whole thing. Lucky for you I don't clean out my truck." How totally fantastic is that? Free roll of roofing felt. All I have to do is give him my next born child.

Hint: If you need a tiny little bit of something go and see if a house that is in the process of being built has any scraps. Of course it is always important to ask. Don't just steal it. 'Cause that would be wrong. Especially with Lent starting tomorrow.

That's a long way of saying, the landing isn't done. But, the risers are and they look fantastic. If I do say so myself.

This is the same paint I used on the laundry room, the kitchen, and the second bathroom cabinets. I used the very last bit of it. 
I taped everything because I'm not the neatest painter, and Tom said, "They better look nicer than the kitchen floor." Apparently I got sloppy. Whatev.

Oh, right. We built a Hot Wheels track on our steps. Had to work around that. Keepin' it real folks.

I slid a piece of paper between the riser and the wall. Easier than taping!

Isn't it pretty!
Oh. I practiced one step. It's a process that I'll be sure to tell you about in update number 5. But, I think it looks awesome.

You only get a peek..



Blogger Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

This is looking great! I love painted risers. I say totally go with the pine! My Mom has a pine kitchen floor & it gets scraped up, but it looks very worn & it's gorgeous!

February 16, 2010 at 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooooooooooooo...looking good, looking real good!!

February 16, 2010 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Low Tide High Style said...

Your stairs look amazing so far! And I'm right behind you with the pine, I love pine! And way to score on the felt paper!

Kat :)

February 16, 2010 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Frugal Home Design said...

That is looking great. Can you tell me what the flooring is at the top and bottom of your stairs? I was thinking about doing this, but didn't know if it would look wierd with carpet at the top and bottom.

February 16, 2010 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Ruby Red Slippers said...

Call me SO impressed!!!
{You're Hired!!!}

February 16, 2010 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Kolein said...

I watch "This Old House". Bob Villa doesn't do the work?

The stairs look really great!

The barn idea? A dream of mine as well. There's a barn for sale near where I live. It's all in pieces ready to be delivered and built. I have to keep dreaming on that for now.

Love reading your progress on the stairs.

Have a good night,

February 16, 2010 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

WOW!! You've done a GREAT job!

February 17, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Queenplinker said...

We don't have TV anymore, not so bad because all I did was watch remodeling shows. The hubby accused me of secretly being in love with Norm Abrams and wanting to get into his draws (yes, draws. New England accent, you know)

Stairs are looking good!!! And can't wait to see the finished bookshelf. Bob would be so proud of you.

February 17, 2010 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Rustique Gallery said...

Kirsty, the stairs look great. What an improvement over the carpting! As for that barn/pool combo, I've dreamed of that since I was a teen! (I'm 60!)
Still dreamin! Sherry

February 17, 2010 at 9:56 PM  

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