Hi all, I have question. We live in a house built in the 1920s and are currently remodeling a lot of it. We just finished the bathroom and front room and I am in the process of installing laminate flooring on the first floor. Having ripped up the carpet, I decided to pull the carpet from the staircase as well. The wood underneath is pretty beat up, but I think it can be sanded down.
What we want to do is eventually paint the stairs. We want to paint the treads and handrail black, and the risers and spindles white.
So my question is, what is he best way to do this? Is it simply a matter of sanding the wood down so that it's smooth then painting it? At what point do I need to consider having a new set of stairs installed? (How beat up can they be?) What would the potential cost of putting in MDF stairs be? (Since we are painting, if I put in new stairs, no need to buy expensive hardwoods right?)
Anything else I might need to consider? All thoughts and input is appreciated!