stairs are in

i think we left things off in the mudroom with this half-baked mudroom update over two — nearly three — months ago. oops. i got a little distracted by the nursery, but really there just hasn’t been much to report on the mudroom front. since the structure was sealed and sided, the to-do list that remained was one of nice-to-haves over need-to-haves. i, for one, felt that stairs were a need-to-have, but what the hell do i know?

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no big deal… just a small step down, right?

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we at least had a temporary staircase for the much larger drop to the basement. sorry, i don’t seem to have taken any very good pictures, but you get the idea.

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nothing and anything were significant improvements over these two staircases, which is how we accessed our basement previously.

and now, our final staircases are in!

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the staircases were installed a few weeks ago in unfinished oak, but there was still a bit of carpentry work that needed to be done before we could seal and stain them. witness:

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my brother helped pierre patch up all the raw edges and ugly bits with a mix of oak coving and hobby wood and pierre’s just finished sealing and staining the stairs. we used minwax’s “ipswich pine” for the job and it’s nearly a perfect match for our hardwood floors.

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… and also for archie’s fur, apparently. the tiles took a bit of a beating during the staining process, so i do need to do some research as to how to clean them. most are looking not-so-white anymore. i think a heavy-duty cleaning agent like clr and  an aggressive sponge might do the trick, so i may be trying that next week as well as touching up some of the walls and baseboards. such are the pitfalls of a white mudroom.

one last nice-to-have, which is more of a need-to-have, is some sort of barrier or railing to protect little ones or unstable pregnant women from falling over and crash-landing in the basement below. that’s the next and hopefully last thing on the list!

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