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Stylized Staircase

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  • March 16, 2017


Basement stairs are not normally known for being stylish – in fact many people leave them unfinished.  We decided to take a look at how we could update basic builder grade stairs to add some fashionable flair! The plan was to keep the design light in colour as it’s a stairwell with no natural light so we didn’t want to make it looks any darker.


Yuck! These stairs were in need of some MAJOR work! We removed that ugly runner and got right to work.

The first step was to give the stairs a light sand and clean with Natura Safe Prep. It’s important not to skip this step – preparation is key with any project.

Second, we needed to tackle the front edge of the stairs. These stairs are made of a pressed plywood which meant that the front edge was full of lines that would give the appearance of cracked stairs if painted.  Luckily, there’s a simple solution – we ironed on a pre-glued edge banding trim which gave the illusion of a finished edge.

Next came paint – we used Beauti-Tone Signature Series Porch and Floor Paint for a durable and scrubbable finish. The goal with painting these stairs was to not lose access to the basement while we were working. To make this work we painted every other step on night one, and the alternating steps on night two. The bonus (or downfall depending on how you look at it) was that we got a workout lunging two steps at a time.


Then we were ready to have some real fun and add our stylish backing! A beautiful White Wood Panel was chosen by our Facebook audience (thanks to everyone who voted!) and this really was the perfect fit! These boards are hand distressed and show the natural wood grain which provides a beautiful rustic finish. We didn’t want the stairs to look too uniform so we used random lengths and widths on each stair, we also left a 1/16 of an inch gap between boards to give just a little depth. Once the boards were all cut and laid in place we began gluing them  using PL Adhesive.


The end result – a beautiful staircase with a unique finish. What do you think of the transformation? Could you picture this this look in your home? Let us know in the comments below.

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