Installing New Steps & Risers

John started installing the treads (steps) and risers at the bottom of the staircase leading to the master bedroom wing.

However, he installed the top riser first to ensure the bullnose was in the proper position.

Each tread must be leveled left and right as well as front to back.

This is what the recessed high hats look like on the other side of the drywall. John installed 80 of these throughout the house. Each one costs approximately $20.00 at Home Depot or Lowes.

This is the stairwell underneath with the two high hats. The original oak staircase to the left will be sanded and finished with MINWAX.

John marked the center of the stringer to nail it later.

It took a full day to rip, cut, shim, level and install the pine treads and primed risers. (There is 3/4″ from riser to end of bullnose.)

The pine treads are not available primed; the primed risers are finger-jointed  (1x8x16).

We chose a pine route over oak because I plan to paint the treads and stencil the risers. Click here for one of my stenciling ideas.

John will cut 1×8 to cover the gaps on each side.





10 thoughts on “Installing New Steps & Risers

  1. Just looked at the stenciled stairs that is going to look amazing. Do you know what color you’ll make your stencil designs yet?

  2. Your stencils are gorgeous. The aquamarine blue colors would be lovely. It’s amazing how much thought you and John have put into lighting for your home. I wish I had many more lights in my house for sure.

  3. Oh my goodness, that just “POPS” when you see the brand new staircase as the entrée to your Master bedroom suite! The stenciling will be magnificent and cannot wait to see that as well. It looks so intriguing and it will draw your eye up the stairs. It’s nice that you’ll be able to save the oak steps below; I would imagine they’ll be striking once again.

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