What Impression Does Your Staircase Make?

In many homes the staircase is one of the first things you see from the front door. Staircases can play a major role in creating your home’s overall impression, but unfortunately they are often overlooked during remodeling projects. Take a look at your staircase. What impression does it make?

If your stairs are starting to show signs of wear and tear or simply don’t match the rest of your decor, it may be time to renovate. A staircase renovation may seem like a complex, costly project, but no matter what your budget, there is a way to do it.

Staircase Renovation

Refinish

Refinishing your staircase is one of the easiest ways to update its look. If the stairs are covered in worn carpeting, removing it can be an instant rejuvenation trick. Old wooden staircases can be restored to their former glory if you sand them down and reapply a natural wood finish. If the current finish on your stairs is badly scratched or stained, a coat of new paint can hide the damage. A solid coat of white paint can provide a fresh, bright look, while black paint offers a sophisticated, modern feel. Depending on your home’s decor, you might also be able to paint your stairs a bright, funky colour.

Replace Treads and Risers

If the damage to your stairs’ wood finish is too severe to hide with paint, you don’t necessarily have to rip out the entire staircase and rebuild. Instead, consider fitting pre-cut treads and risers over the existing stairs. You can find pre-cut treads and risers made of real wood like oak and pine so you can maintain the warm, natural look of your wooden staircase. Using pre-cut pieces will likely raise the height of your steps and shorten the rise, but the staircase will otherwise look the same as the original. Before doing this, we recommend having a contractor or staircase expert inspect it to verify that your staircase’s damage is merely aesthetic and not structural.

Replace Handrails and Balusters

Whether they’re showing signs of wear and tear or just don’t fit your home’s style anymore, replacing the handrail and balusters is another easy way to update the look of your staircase. For example, if you want to give your staircase a modern look, consider using simple wrought iron balusters instead of traditional wood. The combination of wrought iron railings with wooden handrails and stairs gives your staircase added dimension and provides an attractive, contemporary look.

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