Restore old staircase Help advise tips

22 Nov 2019
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Got an old staircase which need to be restored.

What options would you suggest without spending a fortune?

I don't like carpet even if seems the obvious cheap option.


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It is unlikely that you'll be able to sand out the dark colouring in the areas where the red/brown paint was well enough to be able to lacquer the stairs in either a clear or light colour without a dark shadow being visible. Painting would work as it would obliterate the colour. A dark wood stain might work, but it isn't guaranteed. Another option is laminating.
You could laminate them with a tile effect design, as above, or use parquet to give it a nice finish although that'd be more expensive and since the bannister is painted also that might well be the way to go. Cheaper too.
If you wanted to remove all the paint you could try a heat gun to carefully scrape and sand away the old layers but that'd be time-consuming and messy, so it all comes down to the kind of finish you want, bearing in mind wooden stairs are noisy to use in a terraced (?) house.
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Some ideas here.
The oak option sound expensive. Is there any cheap laminate brand you would advise?

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