I am happy that I did photograph how these stairs looked from the front, what a transformation these stairs took as well. Unlike the foyer steps, although they were quite a job for my husband sanding, they couldn't compare the amount of work he put into these. The carpet was almost cemented to the stairs. They were actually a part of the wood and my husband tried everything he could think of to get them, and all the glue, and paint and everything else they left behind off. He worked on this for 3 total work days. He has never worked on something like this for so long. I did briefly worry we were going to have to just cover them.
Here is a before shot during his work on them:
This is the only photograph I have of the during work my husband was doing. If you notice the there is still glue and a bunch of other stuff on the treads and also on the risers. This was before he did yet another sanding. They were a mess. We considered replacing them and I also read about turning them over to the other sides, but my husband continued to work on them.
Here is the before, during and after shot:
Here are some more shots of the after, my new chalkboard stairs!
We are still working on touching up the trim but I am really excited how they turned out! The treads are not actually wood, they are lightly painted over my husbands hard work. I tried to do a wood graining pattern over the steps and it wouldn't work. The wood graining brush would not glide over these stairs. In looking at them the pattern left behind by my husband after days of sanding included some of the natural grain, some glue, some stain some paint and I thought, why not just paint lightly over them and it should be complete? It was. I painted a light coat of paint over what my husband left behind and I LOVED THEM!
Here is a close up:
I am so happy that all the hard work my husband did can show through for years to come and be a part of our history with these stairs. These stairs have most likely never seen this much light of day and were covered so extensively, it's amazing and very rewarding to be able to walk and step on them knowing we can still display their history and what not just my husband left behind, but what was left behind by others!
Remember that nasty railing? Look again:
Look at that 100 year old dirt and hand oil and grime? Isn't it gross? lol
Here is what it looks like now. It's not attached but I did it to match the stairs and it looks exactly like wood. I didn't know that this railing was hand carved and I am really excited how it turned out and that we could save it!
It's all paint! I will post some other photographs when it is reattached!