Let me 'splain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up:
Ho, man. The stairs. Allow me to explain my insanity:
you know when people tear their carpet off, only to find beautiful hardwood treads that beg to be stained and lovely-fied?
'Snot my stairs. My treads are particle board. And the crazy part? I knew it. And I still pulled the ole carpet off.
BUT CAN YOU BLAME ME?
Holy schnikes, can you blame me??
Pretty sad when you like your stairs bare and nekkid and all particle-y better than carpeted.
So what to do when the treads are particle and they've been primed with the rest of the house a decade and a half prior?
Well, ya don't stain. That's fer sure.
Take a tip from me:
when the paint dude at Lowe's hands you a brochure for floor paint, and then tells you the only choices for paint color lie in said brochure,
Call him a liar. Also, his pants are on fire. Possibly hanging from a telephone wire.
Still kinda mad/frustrated about this. One dark colored choice for the two-tone look I craved? When in actuality, I had the entire selection of paint choices at my disposal?
I've made peace with it, I 'spose.
regard one of many issues with this little venture of mine. Chipboard landing? That's not something ya just paint over.
It got a veneer of plywood. And for kicks 'n giggles, a little monogram action.
Expect my blog post on just how many "T"'s are in this dang house to be forthcoming.
Now, I deeply considered a runner up my stairs for a few reasons.
1. Our stairs are now louder than heck. (Robbers take note. I also sleep with a Smith & Wesson.)
2. My children plummet down the stairs head first as occasion permits. Perhaps a runner would soften the blow. Maybe. Probably not.
3. The stairs still aren't that pretty and sometimes runners are.
So I copycatted. I found Loft & Cottage's awesome stairs re-no via Inspire Me Heather, (thanks ladies)
and I decided to make my way over to Ikea. 2 hours later, some Svedish Meatballs, and one screaming 2 year old who wanted to walk and touch everything later,
and I picked the exact same runners. They were the best. If it ain't broken, ya know?
Casey probably does it the right way by using carpet glue, but I went the lazy route and used carpet tape. Fits my personality: you know, lazy. Plus, the Daddy-o suggested to.
I'll let you know when people slip on my rug and thus down my stairs for my poor choices.
To sum up:
Why did I take this route?
1. I'm cheap
2. I'm cheap
3. I'm spending massive amounts of money on a massive project this week, and I have zero desire to replace my treads and spend a wad of cash right now. (translation: I'm cheap.)
4. I'm out the cash for a can of paint and a few (reusable) runners. Big deal. (i.e., I'm cheap.)
5. This can always be replaced later. Some day when I'm feeling frisky. And bored. And insane.
And finally, please cover your ears for a moment. I'd like to yell at the contractors who built my house for just a sec.
WHY IN H.E. DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS DID YOU PUT STAIR TRIM ON MY BASEMENT STAIRS, BUT NOT MY MAIN STAIRS?? DUH!
I'm done now.
You know, stair trim?
That's next-ish on the agenda. It's sooo needed, and it's gonna be sooo freaking hard with the angles and the cuts 'n stuff. I'm gonna get right on that. Just like I'd get right on an elective root canal. Or, say, busting out my calculus book and studying for the heck of it.
Hey, it could happen.