********If you are new to my paper floors, please read this first**********

You’re probably tired of hearing about my basement staircase makeover.

I’m sorry.

This project has been taking over my life. Therefore, as faithful readers, it will take over your lives as well (seriously, thank you for your patience). I want to share with you the upstairs version with Minwax Dark Walnut stain. The only difference from the process used in the basement is that I rubbed the stain onto the paper after the glue dried with a rag before poly-ing. The resulting flooring is nothing short of stunning.

Even people who are not related to me have loved it!

In case you forgot what it used to look like, here’s the before shot with the carpet (and the old paint).

And now, the fresh and sophisticated after:

Another angle:

brown paper stairs walnut stain

In order to make the risers clean, smooth, and white, I had Mike cut out pieces of 1/8″ hardboard (near the pegboard at HD or Lowes, comes in 2×4 sheets).

I painted them with Glidden Semi-Gloss off the shelf white and attached them to the plywood risers with liquid nails.

I still have to caulk the seams, but for now I’m done. I have to move on to the upstairs floor or I feel I’ll lose motivation to rip up the rest of the carpet!

What do you all think? It doesn’t look like anything I’ve ever seen at a floor store, but I’ve seen some leather floors online that resemble it. Some people have said it looks a little like cork. I’ll take either comparison!

For the full tutorial, click here.

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