Stair Treads

Lets talk about the most exciting thing you can buy for your house... STAIR TREADS!! (JK they are boring as hell) When I moved in my dad and I talked about getting new stair treads.  I think we both had a different idea in mind.  He just wanted to replace the old ones with something similar.  The old stair treads were a dark brown hard plastic and didn't add much to the stairs.  They were all breaking off and more slippery than the actual stairs.

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My stairs also have these great gold dust catchers in the corners but this also limited what size treads I could have with out covering those up.

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After 100+ years the stairs have a lot of "character."  Painting over wood in my family is basically seen as murder.  If I even asked to do that my dad would die of a heart attack.  I looked at all the pretty ideas of painting stairs and realized it would never be allowed.  Back to looking at stair treads I went...

As you can see from the picture above "pretty" stair treads are not really a thing.  If you can tell from the way I decorate my house all the options above were not going to work for me.  Except for maybe the ones on the bottom left but those are even a little too busy for me. After looking everywhere I some how ended up on Home Depot's site.  WHY HAD I NOT GONE THERE BEFORE?!  I just don't know, could have saved myself a year of searching for the perfect stair treads.

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I actually ordered 1 set of 4 to start with

a. to try them out

b. they were expensive so I wanted to make sure they worked before I bought 13 of them.

c. make sure they weren't too white in person because I have two animals that destroy nice things.

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They quiet my house ten fold and hopefully will help with the dust issues I have with these stairs.  I also got double side carpet hold tape to keep them in place.

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I ended up buying the (boring) box pattern.  Some things don't need to be elaborate and difficult.  Stair treads is one of those items. This "white" is not a bright plain white.  It is a slightly marbled light gray and white and won't show quick wear and tear.  They also have a heavy duty plastic backing, these are for sure nicer than I thought they would be.

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I still need to trim the bottom tread to fit the weird door way but man-o-man I've never been in love with something so boring and simple in my life.  They brighten up the stairs (which is always needed) and really make it more of a comfy home.  Hardwoods are nice but sometimes in the morning my feet would be cold (I know this sounds dumb).

 

- Mads