2 years ago on 03/02/2016 at 5:26 PM
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Ok I need some creative advice in Park Ridge! Preferably by people/contractors/designers that have done something like this so we are fixing up the basement and they just redid the drywall along the shotty stairs. Pic below is how it currently looks. Id love to sand clean and paint the wood stairs and add a fun runner all the way down, but how do I make that drywall look clean and finished!? I haven't asked the guys yet what the plan is here (so they might have a step or two left that im unaware of) but Id like to go in to the conversation with my ideas ready to go. Upstairs we have these stringers going all the way up (picture in comments) and I LOVE that. Do they sell stringers precut? That can be installed and cover the gaps in the drywall? Or what the heck am I supposed to do? (Hubs wants to put padded carpeting down the stairs and he claims that will fill the gaps but I do not want carpet on the stairs. End of story. )

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2 years ago on 03/02/2016 at 5:26 PM

Another shot of dirty unfinished basement stairs

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2 years ago on 03/02/2016 at 5:26 PM

Upstairs stringers along staircase

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2 years ago on 03/02/2016 at 5:33 PM

Install new oak treads on top of the existing stairs and then add a stringer, or use baseboard

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2 years ago on 03/02/2016 at 5:50 PM

Ok just realizing im talking about that trim piece which apparently is called the "skirt" not the stringer. Do the skirts come pre cut?

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2 years ago on 03/02/2016 at 5:52 PM

They are not done yet

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2 years ago on 03/02/2016 at 5:58 PM

They might sell them precut, but that doesn't mean they would fit your stairs. A 1x10 or 1x12 can be used and cut to fit, then stained or painted. They also sell different ones that are more decorative.

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2 years ago on 03/02/2016 at 5:59 PM

We covered our basement stairs with oak and added that stringer/skirt

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2 years ago on 03/02/2016 at 6:01 PM

Mona Claudia Flores

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2 years ago on 03/02/2016 at 7:25 PM

Home Depot has re-treads.

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2 years ago on 03/02/2016 at 8:43 PM

Padded carpet won't cover the gaps. You need trim .

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2 years ago on 03/02/2016 at 9:42 PM

Following

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2 years ago on 03/03/2016 at 12:13 AM

If you want to do it right. You will need to do what was advised in previous posts. 1. New solid wood treads (oak or your choice of quality wood) treads are the part you step on. 2. Add a new skirt on the sides. Do not recommend precut since your stairs are older. Cutting to fit is always best with older stairs. 3. The riser. (The part of the step you kick with your toe) can be filled and sanded if you plan on painting it white like some people do. Or you can add a thin wood veneer that is stainable to the same color as your treads. If you want to go cheap. 1. Sand the hell out of the current wood fill gaps and holes with wood filler and paint the stairs and out a runner down the middle. 2 have drywaller fix the drywall so it's perfectly fitted to the steps. Or a combination of any of the above.

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2 years ago on 03/03/2016 at 5:17 AM

Hi Kelly it is very difficult to do a stringer /skirt board when the existing stairs are in place, it just doesnt lend it self ot a good looking finish. If your drywall guy can fill all the voids left around the front and top of the steps that would be good but you will most likely always have a crack or two that will appear . you could trim out the stair edge with lattice and that would at least cover the spaces in the drywall. Whene they do the stringer/skirt board on a stair it is the first thing to go in and theen the stairs are pushed up against the stringer/skirt board.

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2 years ago on 03/03/2016 at 5:23 AM

They dont sell a premade stringer/ skirt boad anywhere and it is very hard ot duplicate the zig zag of each stair . Quicker to remove all stairs and attach a skirt board and push the treads up against the stringer/skirt board but then you are so close you might as well change the treads and risers to oak or what ever you like then . If its not that important to you to have beautiful stairs have the drywaller fill the voids and sand the stair treads and be done with it. Carpet wont cover those spaces.

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2 years ago on 03/03/2016 at 5:25 AM

Also putting treads on top of your existing treads will change the first step ( making it higher than the rest and your last step making it shallower) which is dangerous. They should all be the same height.

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2 years ago on 03/03/2016 at 6:04 AM

Dura-bond the voids and add a faux stringer, can be done by a skilled carpenter. If it were me though, I would have those stairs redone.

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2 years ago on 03/03/2016 at 8:01 AM

Thanks all! These are our basement stairs and due to many crappy unforeseen problems with our old fired contractor, we are doing everything in a major major small budget and trying to do a ton by ourselves! So if I am going to redo these stairs, I want to do them RIGHT and make them beautiful. But that costs money we don't have! I was really hoping to paint and throw a runner down the middle and be done with it. And then redo the stairs in our five year plan thanks for all the suggestions!

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