Christine Kissick
By Christine Kissick
Renovating our entry staircase has been a dream project of mine ever since we moved into our house. Originally finished with a somewhat drab grey carpet, these stairs were in dire need of a fresh, modern makeover. 

On my numerous daily walks up and down the stairs, shaggy carpet fibers between my toes, I would daydream of elegant hardwood treads, clean white risers, and straight black balusters. Thanks to Lowe’s Canada, my dreams have become a reality!

 

The project started with an in-home consultation from a member of the Lowe’s contractor network who listened to my ideas and looked at my inspiration photos, offering suggestions on materials and design that would suit my particular layout. The meeting was friendly and insightful, and left me feeling confident and excited about my design! The contractor followed up with some renderings and photos of the products, and once approved we were off to the races!

The installation process began quickly, with the carpet torn out (yay!) and the existing tread nosing removed to accommodate the beautiful new maple treads. Since our stairs are a not a standard width, the new treads had to be custom sourced and cut.

We wanted our stairs to match our hardwood floors as closely as possible, so we purchased a few different stain options and tested them on the backside of one of the treads - Special Walnut was the winner! The risers were painted in the same Antique White colour as the walls throughout our house.

 

Once the treads and posts were stained and coated with a few coats of Polycrilic in a matte finish, the installation could begin!
The treads and risers were installed quickly, and every time I would peek at the progress my excitement would increase!

Finally, the handrail and balusters were installed. During our initial research, I was immediately drawn to these wrought iron balusters for their clean, timeless look and matte black finish, and I have to say they were the perfect finishing touch to the staircase!

Working with Lowe’s Canada and its contractor network made the entire renovation process comfortable and stress-free.  Their knowledge, expertise and guidance was instrumental in bringing my vision to life, and I couldn’t be happier with the results! 

About the Author

Christine Kissick

Christine Kissick

Founder, Brogs at Home

Christine is an Ontario-based home decor and motherhood content creator, and the founder of Brogs at Home. You can follow her work on her Instagram account @brogsathome and find her inspirations on Pinterest.

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