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RE: Tinan - A question about your stairs (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: tinan on 11.14.2012 at 06:33 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I'm attaching a crude diagram. Black represents the existing stairs, and where to cut off any overhang (which usually is present with carpet stairs). The blue is how to position new risers and the purple is the new treads.

The entire project cost about $250 and took a about a full day total. A few hours to cut the overhangs (I did a few steps at a time, painting and staining, and the install was the fastest part.

My top riser as I mentioned I had to cut off about 3/4" with the jigsaw (I put the uneven jigsaw cut edge down so it was covered by the tread of the second to the top step) and it is flush with the flooring on the second floor. I painted the top edge of the riser as well so it looks like a trim piece from above and I didn't need to buy any special trim. I didn't want anything sticking up that might trip people.

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clipped on: 11.15.2012 at 06:05 pm    last updated on: 11.15.2012 at 06:08 pm

RE: Tinan - A question about your stairs (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: tinan on 11.14.2012 at 06:22 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I did it all myself, and I didn't replace the treads and risers (which were rough plywood) I simply covered them with the new treads and risers!

here's how:

1. remove all carpet and tack strips, nails, and as much glue etc as you can get off.

2. using a jigsaw, cut off any overhang on the existing steps, make sure you get a straight cut so the front face of the riser is smooth and the edge is flush. This was the most labor intensive part!

3. measure the risers at the back of each step from the top of the tread of the existing step to the top of the front of the next step. Most stairs are standard riser height and I did not need to cut the risers lengthwise thank goodness. The risers should be the same height as this measured distance with not too much difference (less than 1/2" variance I would say). I did have to cut the top riser off so it would be flush with the second floor since this method results in the addition of about 3/4" to every step. I also had to make 2 cutouts on the bottom-most riser to accommodate the baseboards.

4. Measure the width of the treads wall to wall on all steps. Take the smallest measurement as your tread width (any gaps can later be filled with caulk or covered by trim).

5. Count up how many risers and treads you will need and go to Lowes and buy them - I got pine bullnose treads and primed MDF risers. Ask them to cut all the boards to your width determined above on their big saw. They may grumble, but their signs say they will do this!

6. I painted and stained the boards in the back yard before installation so I didn't have to worry about the walls, and to avoid stain fumes in the house. I used minwax one step stain/polyurethane on the treads and regular eggshell on the risers. Both took 2 coats.

7. install the risers in front of the existing risers with Liquid Nails wood glue or another very strong carpentry glue. You will set the riser right down at the back of the existing tread. You may also need to use a couple of finishing nails. Mine stuck on pretty good just holding it there for a few minutes but I added 2 nails per riser just to make sure, I put the nails near the top where they would be shadowed by the tread overhand later. Let the glue set for a few hours as per directions on the glue.

8. Install the treads over top of the existing ones, overhanging the risers. I used very generous amounts of carpenter's glue and then 6 long dark finishing nails per tread. Avoid walking near the overhand part of the tread until the glue has reached full hardness (sometimes 1-2 days). Make sure people only walk at the back of the steps near the risers, and carefully!

9. Touch up with paint any spots where you put nails etc on the risers. fills gaps at the sides with caulk or cover with trim. My gaps were small enough I just left them!

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clipped on: 11.15.2012 at 06:07 pm    last updated on: 11.15.2012 at 06:07 pm

RE: Decorator plates dear to my heart! (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: luckygal on 08.20.2011 at 05:37 pm in Home Decorating Forum

When we had this house built I had custom plate rails built on 3 walls in the LR and one wall of the DR because of my collection of 35 B&G plates. I no longer collect them as there is a limit to how many I want to display. The shelf part is almost 4" wide so I also put various decorative items with the plates. I have a collection of transferware and other plates so rotate them for a change.

Here's an old and not very good pic showing the plate rail with other plates, etc. As well as plates and small paintings I place small vases, cups and saucers, and various vintage/antique items, whatever will fit in the space. It gives more interest than only using plates. With the blue B&G plates I often use DH's collection of pewter mil. mugs, or small silver items.

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plate rail idea for flo blue collection - 24 plates & 4 platters, all blue and white, plus the 12 others that are now in the hutch
clipped on: 08.20.2011 at 11:55 pm    last updated on: 08.21.2011 at 12:00 am

Creamy White and Soapstone Finished Kitchen with Pics!

posted by: grneyesct on 08.04.2011 at 08:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

Cabinets: Custom cabinets built by my hubby some in place and some in my dining room, no joke!
Cabinet Paint: BM Satin Impervo, Ivory White
Wall Color: Behr, Ryegrass
Knobs: knobs4less Century Hardware, Highlander
Pulls: knobs4less Century Hardware, Baroque Circle
Countertops: Marisol Soapstone, from EleMar New England
Backsplash: Arabesque shape California Art Tile, Espanola
Flooring: Prefinished Teak installed ourselves
Sink: Artisan Sink
Faucet: Kohler
Appliances: are all Samsung
Lighting Fixture over sink: Rejuvenation, Ford Mills
Chandelier: Kichler

This took just about a year to complete. We utilized our family room for the kitchen and made the living room our main gathering place. My old kitchen will be re-purposed as a laundry room.

We have 2 or 3 minor things to tinker with. We need to move the family computer to the desk and put the stools in at the pennsula.

We're still debating what to do about window treatments - in a couple months when the leaves drop, we'll be like fish in a bowl.. any suggestions would be helpful!!

Please excuse the plastic that we left on the fridge.. lol Have no fear, I finally took it off. But some of the photos show with it on...

So here is my old kitchen which will become my laundry room. It is wedged in the center of the house. It measures 8x10.. and only had ONE drawer..

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And this is the Family Room we moved the kitchen into:
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We have tons (probably WAY too many) progress photos..Only going to post a couple to calm any question of these actually being built and painted in the space and in my dining room.. LOL

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Forgive the Large Photos.. Photobucket and I werent getting along this evening and I got impatient trying to post this :)

Fridge Wall 2

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I have to thank everyone here for being so fabulous!! I lurked 99% of the time, but I got a lot out of reading everyones posts, comments and advice.

I'll have to figure out how to unlock my kitchen albums on Photobucket so I can share the rest of the photos without boring you all to death ;P

~ Dana ~


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Everything is PERFECT, countertops, cabinets, floors, etc!
clipped on: 08.05.2011 at 06:58 pm    last updated on: 08.05.2011 at 07:00 pm

Anyone know what paint color this is?

posted by: domesticah on 07.12.2011 at 08:51 am in Home Decorating Forum

Hi there, am trying to figure out what paint color this is...I have the same color granite which has been so hard to match! Thanks in advance...

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clipped on: 07.12.2011 at 10:06 am    last updated on: 07.12.2011 at 10:06 am

RE: color brainstorm (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: marthaelena on 07.22.2009 at 05:27 pm in Home Decorating Forum

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If you want to stay in the "blue" tones, I suggest Sherwin Williams "breezy"
It goes nice with your exterior and with the yellowish paint of the rest of the house. Also with the white windows and the color of your bed.

If you want to stay away from blue, a nice color that I have seen in houses with your color scheme is Sherwin Williams Koi Pond (is a green color)

PD
I would not say I am a "wise" one :)
- but most of the time I select the colors at my place of work.

Good luck.

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clipped on: 07.23.2009 at 04:06 pm    last updated on: 07.23.2009 at 04:06 pm