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Aug 26, 2013, 01:35 AM
hillbillette
Stair redo surprise
We want to remove the carpet from our stairs, but when I took a peek at the bottom stair, I found that the riser is plywood. Is there an inexpensive way to cover the risers with some type of material? I don't want to buy new risers and treads now, I want to be able to work with what I have. A contractor told me you could buy "skins" at Lowes, but I've never seen them.
Aug 26, 2013, 05:06 PM
swschrad
most risers and treads in a builders-grade staircase are particleboard. you can't polish that one. I would hold off on the project if you're a little tight right now, assuming the carpet is not worn enough to be a tripping hazard.


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Aug 26, 2013, 08:19 PM
Jaybee
I know it's been said before but you can't put lipstick on that pig.

Stairs that are purpose built to be covered in carpet have no reason to be made of more expensive materials. The down-side is that there is no way to make the raw stair material look good.

You can rebuild the stairs but not cheaply.


Jaybee
Aug 26, 2013, 10:37 PM
swschrad
per basement step/riser done in oak, I spent about $25 in lumber alone. everything was on sale, or it would have been about $35 per stair. then add on the stain and polyurethane. the treads were 5/4 jointed material because the cost of straight wood would have been just awful.

so there's one way to estimate. any solid hardwood will cost at least that. you don't want to make too many mistakes at that rate.


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