Monday, August 20, 2012

bye bye carpet, hello dash and albert runner

The carpeting on my stairs was a mess. Stained, dirty, gross. I have always wanted to get rid of the carpeting and put in a cool runner but was a bit afraid of tackling the project on my own. 

So I found a great contractor who came in, ripped off the carpeting, sanded, sanded, sanded, and sanded the stairs down, stained the plywood and painted the risers, then installed the dash and albert runner I picked out.

I love it! So happy.

Here is where we started:

The stairs under the carpeting were in terrible shape. I knew they weren't going to be pretty which is one of the reasons why I decided to put in a runner instead of leaving them barewood. Also, I have 3 rowdy young boys who are up and down these stairs all day and without the runner the stairs were slick. Really slick. I actually slipped and fell on them.

We installed a small piece of moulding on the edge of the stairs to pretty it up a bit.

The landings (shown below) were an ugly particle board that I covered with peel and stick vinyl "wood" flooring. Since they were going to be covered I wasn't all that concerned about it. But I love the vinyl floor and am actually considering putting it in my mudroom now! And at $30 for 24 square feet, you can't go wrong.


 The contractor was able to stuff the upstairs hall carpeting into a gap in the floor so the top bullnose shows. I am very happy with that. Of course I would love hardwood in the upstairs hallway, but that is just another thing on my list....

So now I have to deal with the banister. It is a lighter wood which matches my downstairs floors. But of course now my stairs are a darker wood. Originally I had thought about staining the entire banister, balusters,  everything the darker color, but on second thought I wonder if I should only darken up the newel posts? So it looks like the lighter downstairs flooring and darker stairs were supposed to be that way?

Any thoughts?


  1. Nice, a carpet on the stairs can definitely prevent slide accidents and at the same time be stylish :)

  2. Looks beautiful! Great taste!

  3. I love the way you make it! Nice carpet too. I'm a little jealous when I see a house with a staircase. There's something about stairs that makes a place seem larger to me. :)

    Aileen C

  4. Hello! LUV the runner and how the stairs turned out. Have a question for you . . . how did they attach the runner? I am thinking about doing this on our stairs and was curious. How many runners did you use? Lisa

  5. I had tried to post before, but it didn't work. I am in the process of wanting to redo my carpeted stairs and replace with a Dash and Albert runner. Could you please email me with how your contractor attached the runner? Stapled, glued? Thanks so much. It looks great! Lisa

  6. I really love your ideas for your home, health, recipes and everyday life with your precious family. I wish you could have all of these things combined put into your blog for Transforming Home...I love your blog and wish we could see more of it than sporadically. :)

  7. Hi Lisa! Sorry for the late reply - I've been neglecting my blog. I ended up using 4 runners (I measured it all out before I ordered). The contractor just stapled the runner to the stairs with a staple gun. You can only really see the staples if you look closely. No glue. The only thing I would have done differently would be to put a rug pad under the runner since it has a tendency to move a little bit, but no big deal.