Completed projects:

roof, kitchen, master bedroom, main bathroom (sans shower tile), fireplace, hardwood flooring, windows, office, front entry, stairway

Ongoing projects:

shower surround, dapping/painting woodwork, ensuite vanity/lights/mirror, painting outdoor trim, finishing front entry tile work, interior door painting and hardware, decorating

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Stairway project - Part 2, hardwood goes in

I'm happy to report, the stair rail and hardwood components are now in place! And boy are they gorgeous.

And here we have on the left, installer extraordinaire Ken. It was an absolute pleasure to have him around to banter with and watch him work his magic. And then there's head slappin' owner John. I know John, I can relate. I'm sorry it's over so soon too. As they say in paradise... "Wish you were here!"

And no project goes unturned without Vic's friendly influence. I owe ya some gas in that ride of yours, my friend!


So, back in  December 2008, we were at this stage. The hardwood components needed some tough love.

First, I gave the pieces a slight beating to remove the perfectness.

Many a night was spent staining and varnishing the pieces. I gave them two coats of stain to deepen the tone and between 4-6 coats of varnish until you could no longer feel the woodgrain with light sanding in between coats. This was a long and labourous task but well worth it. The end result is gorgeous.

Next, came the spindles. Not desiring what the stores carried, because I was after a more industrial feel, I fabricated my own out of 5/8" steel rods trimmed to size on Dan's chop saw. Then a grinder was used to knock off the sharp edges.

The exsisting steps were then notched out to allow for the stair edging placements. ALOT of work!

Here, Ken drills the holes for my custom fabricated spindles. I had to add that part in because I'm so spittin' proud that I had a part in this project!

MY spindles get installed! Weeeeeee!!!!!! Oh and they turned out exactly as I imagined. Abit of rust, black and steel shine through. The warmth of the wood against the cold steel is a very cool illusion.

The incredible handrail goes in next. Ken braces things up for a flawless install. Having been without handrails for nearly 2 years, I can't tell you how much I adore these simplistic things most would  take for granted. I don't think I ever will.


Such beautiful edges!

This was one very tricky corner to cut. Ken is my newest hero.

And this is where things stand today. Incredible! All that's left is the carpet running down the center and they are done! Once the carpet is installed, I'll do a before and after on this project.

This was the last major thing left on the house to complete! I honestly think I'm dreaming here.

It's been great having the guys over to make some noise again. I so appreciate this beautiful newest addition. Just more stories and memories to add to the ever growing list around here. Thanks again, all!


  1. No kidding, "GASP"! Absolutely gorgeous! What craftsmanship :) Congrats on the new addition!

  2. I love the steel spindles. Go Toolgirl go!

  3. This looks beautiful! You are a lucky girl to have such talented and WILLING friends to help you with all this work. I think that's what keeps most of us from tackling this stuff ourselves! Bravo to you!!

  4. What an awesome awesome staircase, simply stunning.....exactly what I'd want in my home (if I had stairs).

  5. All I can say is Lovely..Lovely...Lovely! Congrats on all your hard work paying off big time.

  6. Hi Donna~ ~It's so nice to meet you. What a hard working gal you are. Your staircase is lovely. The look of metal and wood is great together.

    Your Teddy Bear could be a sister to my kitty. He is the sweetest too. Does she talk a lot? Mine is a real talker. Could be because I am always sharing with him but I'm thinking it could just be a black kitty thing.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  7. Well, we are LOVING the stair rails so very much! It adds such pow to a room after not having any for so long.

    Ahrisha, yes, Teddy is very much a talker! You just look at her and she has something to say! LOL!! Isn't that weird that both cats are like that?!? I don't think my other cat even has a voicebox. :)


  8. wow~ amazing job!!! I could not imagine taking it on~ you go girl!!


  9. Gorgeous and I'm soooo impressed with your spindle action!

  10. I have a staircase the one in the Wilkes home in Gone with the Wind?
    Gorgeous, simply breathtaking.
    And LOVE you at that saw!

  11. So this is where I discovered that front entryway board and hook..Hi Donna.
    Im already a follower here but I didnt realize you had the other blog too; where I just became your newest follower (purehunnybee)
    Such giftings you have..I love everything!
    I love seeing all your creations unfold..
    so beautiful.

    Come and visit if you'd like..

    With all my heart...Deborah


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