10:57AM | 09/08/05
Member Since: 09/07/05
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My large staircase is in need of new carpet.There is only plywood stairs underneath and I would like to refinish them with some kind of a stain and put down a runner. Would you suggest I do this considering it's not hardwood stairs? If yes, what's the best way to go about it?

Anne in Canada


09:14AM | 09/09/05
Member Since: 07/01/05
91 lifetime posts

Plywood cannot be finished to create the appearance needed for your stairs.

It is a lost cause, so just live with the fully carpeted look.


07:48AM | 09/10/05
Member Since: 09/09/05
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Anne, You can fix your stairs to take a runner with a finished stair look on each side. I have done many stair repairs and with a little maintenace each year they look as good as the day you finish them. Consider finishing the stairs for painting. You will have to be creative with wood filler and sand paper. Painting is the easiest and you can always change the look by changing the color. To finish the stairs with hardwood is alittle more dificult. What is done is, add wood to the stair. There is many considerations to take into account. Each stair must be the same height as the one above or below. Consider what this means for the top stair and the bottom landing. Also each stair must be the same depth (very important) when finished. This is important for the top stair. If you add wood and create a bullnose for each stair then the top stair must have the same for the right depth. One very important consideration is that each bullnose must be strong enough to take the weight of traffic. A problem also lies in adding wood at the top stair. If the top is tile for example then no problem, the tile adds 3/4" to the top floor anyway and you can build and install a nice wood transition piece with a bullnose. FYI to check the proper length of each stair lay a straight edge along the front edge of the stair case, each stair should touch the straigh edge. I hope this gives you some ideas on what you can do. Best of luck, Jeff
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