Before & After: Andrea & Cliff’s Updated Floating Stairs

published Sep 8, 2011
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The stairs in Andrea and Cliff’s house were looking a bit dated. Wrapped in berber carpet, they looked more like a giant cat scratcher than the beautiful floating stairs the couple hand in mind. With some hard work and a lot of sanding, the crafty couple updated the stairs while also creating a more open, airy feel to the space.

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Andrea and Cliff emailed in to share their stair makeover and the minute we saw what an undertaking it was (and what a difference they made!), we had to share it.

“Ever since our move to our new loft in July, it was painfully obvious from day one that the cat scratch looking carpeted floating stairs were destined for an extreme makeover, the design of the original staircase was not that bad, but the floating stairs desperately needed updating. The only thing that kept my candle burning through 2 months of on and off back breaking work was the $4,000+ quote we initially received from a local contractor. So I set out with a $500 budget in mind and a bucket full of blood, sweat and tears. I think it turned out amazing, what do you think?”
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By removing the carpet and sanding and staining the steps, the new stairs are vastly improved. Of course, I just made that sound like it a was a simple process, right? Oh you know, they just removed the carpet and stained the steps, easy peasy la di da. As anyone who has ever undertaken a big house project knows, this project undoubtedly took every last ounce of the couple’s bucket of blood, sweat and tears! But in the end, it was totally worth it! They saved a chunk of change and ended up with gorgeous, open floating stairs. Check out the full process on their blog, Hand Make My Day: