Updating staircase

There are plenty of tweaks and on-site renovations possible.

Floating or cantilevered options look great in a contemporary scheme, while a sensitive restoration can bring a dull staircase back to life.

The addition of a smart runner completes the look, or for a streamlined scheme, try leaving the wood bare.

Engage the services of a French polisher to bring your banister back to life.

When we decided to replace our upstairs carpet, I knew it was time.

Built in 1855, this Maine home embraces its history and geography with pastel colors and vintage signs, and the picnic baskets add to the summery theme.

The hardest part of re-doing the stairs was the fact that they were opened on the outer edge.

Removing the carpet between the balusters was tough and the carpet was adhered with glue and 20 staples on each outer edge.

I have always yearned for hardwood steps and white painted risers. The carpet held up extremely well all that time, but after seeing so many successful stair makeovers on so many blogs, I decided it was worth a shot, plus it was actually a whole lot cheaper than having them cleaned! I always thought since my home was a builders spec house that the steps had no bull-nose.

But low and behold when I went to take a peek to see what was under the carpet I was surprised with bull-nose steps – a big plus.