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:
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.
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.