A Month of Nesting // DIY Hardwood Stairs

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My husband and I moved into our house 3 years ago, an old house, but all new flooring. Then 6 months later we decided to get a puppy. Long story short, the carpet was far from new within the first year. The stairs come right up from our back door so they were full of dirt, dog hair, pine needles, and who knows what else. We dreamt for a while of not having those dirty, stinky stairs greet us when we first stepped inside. After a couple years, one afternoon we had had enough and just started ripping up the carpet and went from there. It ended up being a fairly simple Saturday project for me and my husband and by the end of the day we had a brand new wood staircase.


  • 2 X 12 Wood Boards
  • Stain
  • Beadboard Wall Panels
  • White Paint
  • Dark Screws
  • Skill Saw -or- Table Saw 
  • Finishing Nails
  • Drill
  • Nail gun -or- hammer

Step 1: Measure the width of your steps and cut all of your 2 X 12 wood boards to the proper length. 
Step 2: Stain the wood boards once they are cut, because they will take a while to dry. After we stained ours we let them dry for about an hour and then scrubbed them with a damp rag, to remove any excess stain so that the wood grain showed through the stain. 
Step 3: Measure the width + height of the front of each step and cut the beadboard panels to fit. 
Step 4: Paint a coat of white paint on the cut beadboard panels. 
Step 5: Once your wood boards are dry, screw them down on top of each step with a screw in each corner. 
Step 6: Nail each of the beadboard panels onto the front of each step and finish with a final coat of white paint. 

*When we removed the carpet and nail strips off our stairs we realized that the stairs already had a pretty thick step already so instead of trying to fix this, we decided to embrace it and just paint it pink.