Friday, 8 June 2012

Stairway to Progress

The stairs leading down into the basement started out as a major eye sore and after we tore up the orange linoleum they stayed a major eye sore. With some life changes headed our way (more on that towards the end of the post) we knew we had to stop procrastinating. 

Pardon the partial nudity. First we had to remove the glue left from the original linoleum, and while this task started out slow going we eventually found a groove. The system that worked best for us was using a spray bottle of warm water, thoroughly soaking the stair/ left over paper and glue and then waiting a few minutes before pulling it up.

If we did the previous step right, the left over paper would peel off no problem. Sometimes in huge satisfying stair sized chunks, making the project go much faster. 

We used some of our left over wood laminate to cover the stairs because it is durable and matches the entire top floor of our house. Even though we plan to take the flooring in a different direction in the basement we thought it would be nice to have the stairs match the main floor as a way to tie everything together. It is a floating floor, so we made sure to lay some underlay on each stair. The stair caps keep everything from slipping around. 

The back of each stair had to be glued into place, and for this we stuck with our go to adhesive, PL Premium. Once tapped into place the transition between the two pieces of laminate looks great, like it was meant to be. 

Much better! The whole project took about 6 hours, and that was broken up over 2 days. We love the way the stairs now tie the main floor and basement together. We are now in discussion about what we want to put on the landing at the bottom of the stairs. The house is looking better and better one project step at a time.

For fun here is what the stairs looked like when we moved in back in October 2011!

Yuck city, right!?

As for the life changes I had mentioned at the beginning of the post, we have enthusiastically grown our little family unit by 4 paws.

This is Zooey, our 9 week old boxer mastiff cross. She is a sweet little rescue dog with tons of energy. She has already made lots of new friends, though I am not sure if I would call Madelyn one of them yet but things are already looking up between the two of them. Welcome to the crazy renovation madness Zoe! 

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