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November 4, 2010 / mish

the story of the step.

Before we started the demolition of the Rumpus Room, the little step that existed from this den to the laundry room looked like this, in all it’s linoleum glory:

Initially we were just going to leave it there and cover it with whatever flooring we were going to end up with. But after realizing it was ridden with termite and water damage, out it came.

And so the project of the new step began.

We took a trip to Lumber Liquidators to try to find some hardwood for the top of the step. We went with the mind set of finding a wider plank, but it wasn’t available at the store we went to. The nearest store that did have it in stock was Ventura. With the cost of gas and drive time, (they make you pay for the cost of shipping for getting it from one store to another!), we caved in and went for what was available. Lazy? Maybe. This 3/4 inch oak flooring is what we brought home.

And with the use of the Ryobi Router Bit Set, M carved the edges to make a smooth curved finish around the entire step.

After gluing all the pieces together to the size of the step we wanted, we rested weights on top of it to let it settle, and then sanded it down. I love that freshly sanded wood smell. Yum.

Then we applied the same espresso stain color that went on the floors that had been refinished in the front three rooms. For some reason, it didn’t come out as dark as the other flooring had, even though they both are oak. But we were still pretty happy with the result. The base of the step got a coat of primer and two coats of semi gloss white.

Ta Da! And you get a little sneak peek of the seagrass carpet….but that’s coming up soon….



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  1. Ella / Nov 4 2010 7:00 pm

    Looks “ochen krasivenko”, gorgeous. Without the pictures it is hard to imagine how much work it is to make one step! You guys are doing amazing job! Thanks for posting.

  2. Nelly / Nov 4 2010 7:42 pm

    Your patience and attitude is just amazing.
    We not only love you but respect for what you are doing now and for what you’ve already done.
    Step looks great but the work is much greater!
    N. & D.

  3. ALittleBite / Nov 5 2010 12:06 am

    Now that’s a carpet I could live with!! It looks awesome, congrats!

  4. Phil / Nov 5 2010 10:32 am

    Great Step (forward)! Will its sides match walls (painted) or floor (seagrass covered)?

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