A Modern Tuscan Staircase Renovation

Tuscan Staircase Disaster

Transforming a Tuscan Eyesore in the Center of the Home to a Modern Showpiece

By Sabrina Bennardo, LCSW

When we bought this townhome we knew that one of the first things that had to go was the staircase. We had a vision for our staircase renovation and the best team to help bring it to reality. Here’s how it went down. 

STAIRCASE RENOVATION: BEFORE 

Tuscan Stair Nightmare

Top of stair at loft railing

Stairs from top down

As the President of Engineering Express, I knew the perfect engineer Frank Bennardo, PE for this job who also happens to be my husband. We have a passion for these type of projects were we combine our skills together. He handles the technical side, as I call the guts, while I handle the design and make it pretty. Together we relish in  the glory.  

This was an 8 week process from start to finish. It would have taken half of the time if the talented teams we used were not as busy. Always worth the wait for the best! 

STEP 1 – DEMO DAY!!!

(My favorite next along with paint day) 

demo railing

Demo of railing

House already looks and feels more modern without the posts. 

STEP 2 – CUSTOM WOOD POSTS INSTALLATION

Wood posts were installed using a hidden Newel Post connector.  Click Here for a video on just how that was done.
 

Install of new posts

STEP 3 – REMOVAL OF CURVED EDGE OF TREAD TO SQUARE OFF 

square off the base

Stair progress

STEP 4  – CARPET REMOVAL & SANDING OF WOOD 

raw stairs

STEP 4 – STAIN SELECTION 

This is possible! With qualified experts, such as Paul at Kingdom flooring, you can achieve these staircase renovation results. He recommended they bleach the wood for 24 hours and it was well worth the time and extra investment to get the red out. 

stain selection

This was the most difficult,since I knew the color I wanted to achieve and none of the samples below were it. The goal was to make RED oak wood look like WHITE oak in a driftwood color tone. 

Final Stain Selection: Weathered Oak by MinWax and Loba 2K invisible wood finish gave it the pure matte finish we wanted to achieve. 

STEP 5 – GLASS INSTALLATION 

We selected a 1/2″ Fully Tempered ANSI Z97 safety rated glass which was installed in a notch created in the top & bottom rail. The glass is lifted into the top notch which is deeper than the bottom notch & dropped into place forming a secure bite top & bottom.

Glass delivery

Glass Installation

STEP 6 – PAINTING & CAULKING 

stair painting

Expertly done by PhD Painting with meticulous preparation and precision. 

STAIRCASE RENOVATION: THE BIG REVEAL

We are thrilled with the final results and are very appreciative of the hard work and effort by the entire team to make this happen! 

final design-downstairs

Stair Final 2

Built and Installed by: ANSCHEUTZ  ALUMINUM https://anschuetzaluminum2.business.site

Wood Stain by: Kingdom Floors of Boca http://wood-floors-refinishing.com

Paint by: Phd Painting https://phdpaintingpros.com

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