But I’m a pacifist, by nature. Turn the other cheek, do unto others, the whole “golden rule” bit. So, I haven’t stoned anyone when I got quotes for stairway work. Instead, I’ve taken out the ol checkbook, and I’ve spent some serious coin over the years on stair projects. *This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our full disclosure policy HERE.*
Take our first single family home. There was a stairway to the basement that looked like this…and we’ll call this:
Insanely Expensive Stairs Design #1
It wasn’t to code for X,Y & Z reason, so we decided it was a good idea to spend a gazillion dollars and replace the ENTIRE staircase…
Well, you can kinda-sorta get the idea. I never got a whole picture of the stair…don’t ask me why. I guess I was busy with an infant and probably never thought I’d be writing about our insanely expensive staircase someday.
Very Pricey Stairs Design #2
We moved on. Another house, another sad staircase. This one had ok bones. It was just covered in old, smurfy-colored carpeting. Another poor pic, but, I wasn’t really feeling this sucker was too deserving of a glamour shot, if you know what I mean.
SO, we paid the man again. But THIS time, had them salvage the stringer and risers, and just bought new oak treads and railing. Less coin, but still lots of $$ to devote to stairs, in my opinion.
Here it is “in process” as I painted risers.
Much More Modestly Priced Stairs Design #3
Dirt Cheap Plan for Stairs Design #4
**UPDATE** This stair project is now finished! Which style did we go with? And if you want to know HOW TO PAINT STAIRS…head HERE.