Here’s what the stairs looked like when I started.
I started by pulling up the old carpet. Not too tough. However, once I pulled up the first step I ran into problem number 1. When the contractors installed the steps they only stained far enough in until where the carpet started. Oh well, I was already in this far so I kept going. I pulled up a few more steps and flipped the carpet up. The backside was so gross!! Definitely kept me motivated to remove the rest of it. This was about the point where I snapped a quick picture and e-mailed it to my husband at work. Luckily, he was distracted by the gross carpet and didn’t think to ask me what I was doing. . . .
Pulling up all the carpet didn’t take too long. I just kept pulling in one long strip as I worked my way up. I decided that I didn’t want to cut anything in case I had to put it back down. This is where I ran into problem number two. Once I got past the finished 5 steps I discovered that the rest were just junk boards they installed because they knew they’d be covered with carpet. However, I didn’t see how I could reverse what I started so I just kept going and figured I’d worry about it later.
Once the carpet was all pulled up I started in on the tack strips. This was probably the hardest part and was really tough on my hands. I had to be careful of the sharp nails and also try not to gouge the bottom 5 stairs I was trying to reuse. I also pulled up most of the nails holding in the boards above the bottom 5 steps to save time later when I would need to remove them.
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My husband and I decided to purchase new treads for the bottom 5 steps . . . . and while we’re at it, we also purchased new handrails, and wrought iron balusters. We’re currently waiting for them to come in. I’ll keep you posted and share pictures once I get them picked up, stained, and installed.