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Our Sad Staircase… And a DIY PLAN!

June 8, 2015

Hello friends!  If you have followed my blog for a while, you may know that this is the first house we have lived in that has a ton of carpet in it.  And that's been TOUGH to get used to.  We have completely gotten rid of the carpet downstairs, after replacing it with gorgeous laminate flooring in our family room and in our girls' playroom.  And now we are going to continue the trend of removing the carpet, LITERALLY up the stairs.

Here is what our staircase currently looks like.  It's pretty DRAB and BORING.  Worse, there aren't pretty hardwoods underneath the carpet, I am afraid.  Our staircase was not built for beauty.  It was built to be covered by carpet its entire life.  Little did it know that the Agrusos would be moving in eventually :)

Plans for a DIY staircase renovation with NuStair!

Plans for a DIY staircase renovation with NuStair!

Plans for a DIY staircase renovation with NuStair!

All that is about to change, my friends!!!!  Now, let's take a look at some staircases that have inspired the look we are going for, shall we?

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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Source: Traditional Staircase by Knoxville Interior Designers & Decorators Stacy Jacobi

Frankly, we would have tackled the staircase renovation project sooner, but we really thought we were going to have to hire the job out and that it would be crazy expensive.

You know how opposed we are to hiring people to do our renovations for us, right?  Well, that sent me on a frantic hunt to figure out a way to do this project ourselves while achieving PROFESSIONAL looking results.  In the end, I found one company and one process that will give us the professional results we are looking for, but will also allow us to complete the installation ourselves.

Drumroll please….  Meet NuStair®!  NuStair is the original stair overlay system where you don’t have to remove the frame nosing.  NuStair originated the retread stairs process.  Remodeling stairs with NuStair is a straight forward and simple process that can usually be completed in about one day {can I get an AMEN?!}.  It eliminates the necessity to remove the nosing from your original staircase, which saves tons of time and mess.

Plans for a DIY staircase renovation with NuStair!

After stumbling across NuStair's system and website, I took the time to watch this video {detailed installation instructions start at the 6:22 mark}.  I was totally sold.  This is exactly what we had been looking for.

NuStair stair treads are Amish American made in Pennsylvania using select or better American hardwoods.  Best of all, NuStair offers a Lifetime Structural Warranty and a 10 Year Warranty on its products.  That's amazing.  It carries a large variety of colors and species including Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Hickory, Walnut, Brazilian Cherry, American Cherry.  You can check out all of the stair tread colors and species here.   We have chosen unfinished Red Oak so that we can stain it ourselves to match the laminate flooring we have been replacing the carpeting with.

NuStair originated this stair remodeling method after five years of research and development and owns two patents.  I noticed that there are some similar systems out there on the market, but after personally discussing NuStair with the owner and inventor, Steve Mott {talk about great customer service}, I learned that those other systems are inferior attempts to accomplish what the NuStair system nails.  Thanks, but no thanks…  I would rather go with the patented original!

We are SUPER excited to get started, although I do dread having to remove the zillion carpet staples.  Fortunately, my mom and step-dad are in town as I type this to help us with our girls while we knock this project out. I cannot WAIT to share out experience, and of course, dramatic reveal with you all :)

Who is excited?  Has anyone else been reluctant to DIY their staircase renovation?  Are you considering it now?

Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received free product from NuStair to complete my project.   The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.


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  1. Jeff Purgason says:

    What kind of nail did you use (size and guage) in your nail gun to fasten the tread and risers? Looks great!

    • Tasha says:

      I am really not sure. We used a brad nailer but I don’t remember the gauge of nail.

  2. Danelle Johnson says:

    what is the recipe? I’m not seeing the combination of ingredients?

  3. Lisa says:

    Love the stairs! We also purchased the Select Surfaces flooring at Sam’s club, and contacted the manufacturer in Canada to purchase the stair tread “nosing” that butts right up to the plank on each stair with Glue and brad nails. It looks amazing, but was quite costly to purchase and have shipped. I wish I had seen this post before!

    Great Blog. Thanks for all of the great ideas and tutorials!

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi again, Lisa! I don’t care for the stair nosing–I don’t like the “lip” that it creates on the edge of the stairs, but you are right that it is far less expensive than installing wood treads like we did!

  4. […] makeover reveal has to take over my #1 spot.  Before I share all the gorgeous photos with you, be sure to read all about your staircase makeover plans here, and the details about the installation of the NuStair wood stair treads […]

  5. […] this excited about a project in a LONG time!  If you follow my blog regularly, you already read this post about our plan for an awesome DIY staircase renovation using the NuStair system.  Well folks, the project is now completely finished and it was even easier than I expected it […]

  6. Kathryn A. Agruso says:

    The stairs are beautiful!! Great job!!

  7. Kim G says:

    I wish I had known about this 18 months ago!!! I ripped up all of the icky carpet from my stairs. I was going to sand the existing stairs and fill in the holes, but they were in horrible shape. My hubby and I ended up making “caps” for the stairs out of oak plywood, then I painted them dark brown. I put white wainscoat on the risers. They look okay, but I really wanted stained wood and it just didn’t look right when I tried staining a test piece. In the end, it took us quite a long time to get everything finished. I can’t wait to see your post on your finished stairs.

  8. Gail says:

    I am really looking forward to this. Our stairs are carpeted and old. I dreaded hiring it out.

  9. I so want to do this to our front stairs! Can’t wait to see the awesome transformation!

  10. Kristi says:

    This sounds absolutely brilliant! Looking forward to seeing how this turns out!

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