The time has finally come to redo the stair treads heading to the basement. They are oak treads but the dark walnut worn out finish is from 1990 so it doesn't match the hardwood we refinished when we moved in, 5 of the 11 are split and it looks awful from the living room.
So I started last weekend by getting the new treads and risers and staining and finishing them. The decorating committee preferred this stain shade even though it is not as brown a finish as the hardwood flooring. This ain't my first rodeo so I suspect the flooring will be re-done at some point to match the treads. (Thats not the upstairs hardwood flooring they are sitting on in the pic, thats just vinyl in the basement where I worked on them)
After the junk that was under the stairs was moved out of the way I took apart the old treads and risers, then put the old treads back in place with just the wedges so the stairway was usable but I can take them back out easily. Stringers are pulled together with a couple cabinet clamps so they cant stretch and have the treads fall out throwing me to the cement floor! I will leave out how many times I bonked my head on the steps as I was working from the underside.
The new treads were trimmed to fit and some were put into the stringers temporarily so I could see what it looked like....
I need a good 8 hour work window to take out the old treads again, sand down, stain & shellac the stringers and install the new treads & risers. I don't think I will get that much time in one stretch until next weekend. In the mean time I need to add a couple support columns to stiffen the stringers & figure what i want to do for trim at the bottom doorway to the unfinished basement.