About These Projects

Both of these stairs projects are great examples of how you can stretch your home improvement budget by reusing existing materials whenever possible. The owner pulled off the carpeting on the first set of stairs, leaving holes from the staples and chipped paint from foot traffic. We patched the holes with wood filler, sanded, and painted the trim for a bright, smooth finish without having to replace the lumber. On the second project, we moved a staircase from the back to the side wall of the living room, which opened up the space to fit more furniture. We also added a useful storage cubby and other details to the new landing.

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