Before & After: Christine’s Edwardian Staircase Restoration

updated May 5, 2019
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Christine loved the period details of her dream home — though some of them had been lost under years of paint. Though it took a while (250 hours of stripping alone!), the results of her staircase restoration are light and bright and a little breathtaking. 

From Christine:

We’d been looking for a house to buy for ages and within seconds of entering this house we knew we’d finally found “The One”. Looking past the dirty walls, chipped paint and general mess, we could see that we’d managed to find a real gem. 

Lots of the original Edwardian features, like some amazing stained glass and original doors, are all still in place, but our favourite feature in the house is the staircase — well at least it is now! It was in a particularly bad condition when we moved in: the carpet was worn and all of the original detailing in the wood had been lost under layer upon layer of paint. Admittedly restoring it was much more work than we’d anticipated. All in all, it ended up taking us about 1.5 years to finish the project, first stripping, then sanding and finally painting and staining everything. 

The whole hallway is so much lighter and brighter. We’d still like to renew the floor and sort the walls in future, but for now we are so relieved that the project is finally completed. We couldn’t be happier with the result and feel that all the hard work was definitely worth it!

For side-by-side before/during and after photos (plus a look at the gorgeous stained glass), check out Little House on the Corner.

Thanks, Christine!

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