Our 12 Step DIY Coastal Staircase Remodel

Step 1: Removing the carpet, padding, nails, staples

  • box cutter
  • small crowbar
  • hammer
  • staple remover
  • box cutter
  • pliers
  1. We cut the carpet along the edges.
  2. Then we began to separate the carpet from the stairs using the crowbar.
  3. We used our hands and pliers to remove the staples & tacks as needed to get all carpeting loose.
  4. We remove all carpet and padding and discarded.
  5. We removed all remaining staples and tacks from the wood.

Step 2: Sanding & Cleaning the wood

  • Goof Off
  • Paint Scrapers
  • Orbital Sander
  • Sheet Sander
  • Corner Cat Sander
  • Sanding blocks

Step 3: Removing the old trim

  • box cutter
  • crowbar
  • screwdriver
  • pliers
  1. First we cut the bead.
  2. We used the crowbar and screwdriver to wedge and pry off the old trim.
  3. If nails broke or were left in the wood, we used pliers to remove them.

Step 4: Adding the new trim pieces

  • measuring tape
  • sawhorse
  • circular saw
  • nail gun and compressor
  1. We measured the length of the steps.
  2. We then cut the trim piece to length, we needed two pieces of trim.
  3. Next, one person held the trim in place, the other used the nail gun to attach to the trim to studs in the wall.
  4. At the point where the two pieces of trim met, we used wood putty to connect and smooth out the joint.

Step 5: The staining process

  • Varathane weathered gray stain
  • Rustoleum American Walnut Stain
  • Rustoleum Linen white chalk paint
  • Varathane hazelnut stain

Step 6: Final Finish

Building the Railing

  • Miter saw
  • Drill
  • Tape Measure
  • Level
  • Rotary sander or sand block
  • Lumber (select pine is great for a painted railing, while red or white oak is great for a stained railing)
  • Wood glue
  • Construction screws
  • Wood filler (or plastic wood)

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Raquel Phillips is a writer, digital creator, CPT, and group fitness instructor. She is a wife, and mother of 6 children. She resides in Virginia Beach, VA.

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Raquel Phillips

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Raquel Phillips is a writer, digital creator, CPT, and group fitness instructor. She is a wife, and mother of 6 children. She resides in Virginia Beach, VA.

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