June 27, 2022

Sherry lately hinted on Instagram Tales that we have been as much as our outdated staple-coloring antics. And by that I imply we have been putting in one other stair runner (admittedly one of many much less widespread definitions of “antics”). However after putting in one in our outdated home 7 years in the past it has develop into considered one of our favourite tasks – simply because we really consider anybody can do it, and no matter runner you select can provide you a very completely different look (and a pleasant grip underfoot, however extra on that purposeful improve in a minute).






Why We Wished A Stair Runner

Earlier than we get into the “how” of including this runner, let’s speak concerning the “why.” We’re not individuals who mechanically default to masking our stairs. At our seaside home, as an example, we determined in opposition to a runner as a result of the unique wooden was so charming. We ultimately did add some short-term stick-on runner treads to assist our chihuahua, Burger, navigate the steps extra simply (we used this detachable tape to carry them down, and it got here up cleanly later after we offered the home).






And that’s the #1 motive we selected to do a runner right here at our new home. Burger is 14 years outdated, and continues to be fairly spry, however these wooden stairs have been simply slick sufficient for him that he didn’t like going up or down on his personal very a lot. And “chihuahua elevator” shouldn’t be actually a job description we have been keen to maintain on our resumes for very lengthy. We knew including a runner would have him trotting up and down much more sure-footedly all by himself, and spoiler alert: the runner really has some nice grip underfoot for us people as properly.

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Why We Painted The Stair Treads

You’ll discover that along with including the runner, we additionally painted the wooden treads. This was partly simply an aesthetic selection to higher bridge the hole between two completely different wooden tones (the steps weren’t the identical kind of wooden because the flooring downstairs, which you’ll be able to see under)…






There have been additionally some end points on the steps themselves. Our greatest guess is that the professionals who painted our home had taped off the steps earlier than the ground sealer had absolutely dried, so we have been left with this line of discoloration when the tape was eliminated on either side of practically each step (and a few stair fronts have been in rougher form too, which you’ll be able to sort of see above).


Close Up Photo Of Wood Stairs With Discolored Border



The steps may very well be absolutely resanded and resealed to hopefully repair it, however we knew just a few inches of them would present on both aspect of the runner as soon as it was put in, and it might be fairly dusty to redo whereas dwelling right here (and so they’d by no means match the downstairs wooden flooring even when we might get a greater end on the steps themselves anyway).

We didn’t rush proper into portray them straight away, which is usually a good suggestion everytime you’re debating portray one thing that may very well be considerably difficult to undo (on this case they’d should be sanded down once more, which they wanted to be with the intention to be mounted anyway). So we mulled issues over for a few months, after which lastly determined to get on with it as a result of we felt positive about our selection, and we needed to assist Burger stand up and down extra simply. Looking back, our solely remorse was not making the choice sooner, as a result of we love the completed end result.

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Kitchen With Mauve Cabinets And Stairs With Sisal Runner





Prep & Paint

The risers have been already painted white, so our portray job was simply to do the wooden treads. Though the paint wouldn’t actually be walked on immediately, we nonetheless needed one thing sturdy (your ft don’t are inclined to fall on the skinny 3″ part alongside the wall past the runner since you’d principally be dragging your hip alongside the wall in that state of affairs). We selected this Porch & Ground Enamel that was advisable by the professional on the paint retailer, and we needed a shade that danced that line between grey and beige, so after some swatch debating, we landed on Requisite Grey by Sherwin-Williams.


Can of Sherwin-Williams Porch & Floor Enamel Paint



I don’t have any photographs of the portray a part of this mission, nevertheless it was principally simply A LOT of slicing in. We didn’t want a separate primer (the paint professional stated it wasn’t needed with this kind of paint) and it took two coats to get a totally stable end.


View Of Gray Painted Stair Treads From Above



Selecting The Runner

We liked our outdated home’s runner from Sprint & Albert, and assumed we’d simply get one other considered one of them for this mission (it regarded good, felt mushy underfoot, and wore properly over time – actually solely getting just a little worse for put on in Yr 7 at our final home because of dragging stuff up and down the steps in the course of the grasp toilet reno).

However a couple of yr in the past we noticed our buddies Kim & Scott’s stairs in individual when we visited them in Chicago and, whereas it might appear bizarre for a staircase to go away a long-lasting impression on somebody, it’s the very first thing we each considered after we determined so as to add a runner to our stairs. They’d two bigger canines on the time, in addition to a cat and a toddler, and so they stated it regarded pretty much as good because the day they bought it, even with pet claws and dirt dragged in on furry ft, and many others.

It’s manufactured from an indoor/outside materials and has a pleasant classic-look… even leaning in the direction of beachy (it seems to be very very similar to a sisal rug up shut). So we simply saved coming again to how a lot we appreciated their sisal-looking runner. It’s comforting to have seen one thing in individual – we knew it was a very good impartial shade, was properly made, didn’t shed, held as much as little canine claws, and many others. As for the specifics, the colour is Belize Dune, the border is Slender Cotton, and the border shade is Granola.


Screenshot of Sisal Rugs Direct Website



To reach on the proper dimension whereas making our order, we knew we needed a couple of 3″ reveal on either side of the runner (so we went with a 25″ vast runner) and for size, we rigorously measured the size of 1 “step” utilizing a string (together with the tread and the riser) and multiplied that by the overall variety of steps. Then we tacked on a number of further ft simply to be protected because you want some extra on the prime and backside – extra on that in a second.

The web site provides you the choice to mechanically add a rug pad, however we ordered ours independently. Since we knew we’d solely be placing a pad on the highest of the treads (and never up the vertical risers) we realized we might order a handful of these 2 x 3″ “premium” rug pads for a similar value because the common ones that the checkout web page would’ve included mechanically – which we thought can be further good. We simply lower them into thirds and positioned them beneath the runner as we went, which you’ll be able to see under:


Cut Piece Of Foam Rug Pad Placed Under Sisal Stair Runner



Putting in The Runner

The method of really putting in the runner was just about precisely what we had executed in our final tutorial. The one deviations have been simply determining (1) one of the best ways to disguise our staples and (2) the place to staple given the particular profile of those steps. Our steps are just a little bizarre in that they’ve a large “lip” beneath the bullnose of the tread, however we really suppose it’s a pleasant polished end result – form of a extra substantial search for every step.


Hand Pushing Electric Stapler Into Underside Of Stair Tread To Secure Sisal Runner



You possibly can see that we began proper beneath the highest “lip” quite than the wooden bullnose. We have been utilizing the very same electrical stapler that we used final time and employed our color-the-staples-ahead-of-time trick once more too. Final time we used a black sharpie to assist camouflage the staples inside our black-and-white striped runner, however this time Sherry used a gold Sharpie to assist it mix in with the golden-brown sisal colours.


Strips of Staples Colored Gold With Sharpie Marker



The colour doesn’t should be an ideal match as a result of half of the battles is simply dulling the shiny silver tone of the staples in order that they don’t catch the sunshine as simply and gleam shiny silver, which appears to indicate up much more than a shade that’s nearer to the rug’s important tone).

It took some trial and error on step one to determine the place to place the stapes to realize the most effective mixture of hidden staples and a decent maintain. We finally discovered that it helped to start out with a staple simply contained in the binding, proper beneath the bullnose (pulling the runner tight as you go).


Yellow Electric Stapler Attaching Runner Under Lip Of Stair Tread



If our goal was proper, we might even sort of tuck the staple beneath the small, unfastened fringe of the binding. And if our goal wasn’t so nice, it was straightforward sufficient to take away any misfired staples with some needlenose pliers and check out once more. Notice: don’t really feel dangerous, this occurs – we most likely eliminated 10-15 staples as we went, simply to get a extra covert end result in the event that they ended up overlapping the border and exhibiting up quite a bit in that placement


Needlenose Pliers Removing Staple On Sisal Stair Runner



We labored our method throughout the step to the opposite binding edge, finally placing 5 stapes in whole (2 on every edge, 1 within the center, and a pair of between these). The sisal-looking rug materials itself was fairly good at camouflaging the staples so it was no large deal to place them proper in the midst of the step like that.


John Stapling Sisal Runner Under Lip of Stair Tread



We then ran one other 5 staples beneath the “lip” of every step in opposition to the highest of the riser, which you’ll not want in case your stairs have a extra conventional profile. Lastly we did a row of 5 staples on the backside of every riser, proper above the place the quarter spherical meets the stair tread (so nowhere are we really nailing into the tread itself).


John Using Electric Staple Gun To Drive Staple Into Bottom Corner Of Stair To Secure Sisal Runner



You’ll additionally discover in these pictures that I’m utilizing my free hand to press in opposition to the again of the stapler as I pull the set off. We discovered that helps the staples go in straight and obtain the tightest maintain. I also needs to level out that alongside the best way we broke out our tape measure to verify we have been protecting the runner centered.


Measuring Tape Checking Placement Of Sisal Stair Runner



When it got here time to finish the runner, we had about 18″ of extra (so possibly we overshot our order, however we have been relieved to not come up brief). We simply used common outdated scissors to chop off the additional, leaving sufficient that we might fold beneath about 1″ on the very backside for a pleasant clear hem down there, and staple it alongside the underside of the final riser to safe it.


Bottom Step Of Staircase Showing Folded End Of Sisal Stair Runner



We’re so proud of the brand new stairs that, once more, our solely remorse is that we didn’t leap on this sooner. They give the impression of being higher. They really feel higher. They’ve allowed Burger to return to his default stair pace which is, inexplicably, ONLY RUNNING. However so long as it’s not slipping and sliding and rolling, we’ll take it. And it’s simpler for us people to maintain our footing too.


Chihuahua Dog Running Down Staircase With Sisal Runner



Right here’s the view from upstairs now. We love all the unique paneling and planking all through this home, and our runner positively appears to go with it with out making issues too busy (which is why we resisted the urge to go together with a busier sample or daring stripe).


Straight Down View Of Finished Sisal Stair Runner From Above



It additionally seems to be good with the gold {hardware} that we’ve all over the place (together with the brackets of the stair handrail that you may’t see a lot of within the picture above, however discover fairly a bit as you make your method up the steps).

Right here’s a take a look at the general distinction from this outdated earlier than picture that we shared in April:






And right here we at the moment are with our brighter, cozier, dog-and-human-friendlier stairway.


Kitchen With Mauve Cabinets And Stairs With Sisal Runner





It’s just about the view that you simply see proper from our entrance door, so it’s a cozier welcome than the outdated stairs supplied. Plus we really feel just like the pure sisal-looking materials matches properly with the lighter wooden flooring downstairs and the deeper toned ones upstairs – so it bridges issues fantastically (the downstairs flooring are pine and upstairs are coronary heart pine, which is a deeper tone).


Finish Sisal Stair Runner On Staircase With Kitchen In Background



In order that’s our latest stair replace from round right here. We even have a number of extra inside (and exterior!) issues to share with you guys, so we simply should {photograph} them and write them up – quickly I hope. And for those who missed any earlier posts about each final room in our home, you’ll find all of them right here, and get caught up fairly rapidly! We’ve come a great distance in 5 months of dwelling right here!

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