When you're remodeling your home the amount of items that you keep adding to the list seems ... a little DAUNTING!!! Even more than daunting you can watch the money pile grow BIGGER and BIGGER as you go down the list! But I'm here to calm you and let you know that it's okay to work with what you've got. Not everything has to be "new!" When Kirby and I started making our priority DIY list we realized we were not going to be able to replace everything and so we decided to see what we had to work with in our home. One of the projects that we prayed would be uncovered and make it to our "make it work" list was our stairs in our main room. They had been covered with carpet for nearly 30 years! We prayed the wood that we would reveal would be something we could turn into a feature... and cheap! When the first piece of carpet was ripped off I think I sang the hallelujah chorus!!!! There they were, good ole solid aged white pine.
Now you are probably wondering, Okay how "cheap" was this project really? Well depending on what you have around the house and how handy you are its almost mind blowing that this project could be FREE!!!! The first thing we did was sand these planks. I just used an electric palm sander to smooth out the surfaces an edges so that they were smooth to walk on. My handy husband (who I am thankful for everyday!) went to the barn and found some long strips of wood, got the table saw out, and started making the finishing work.
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