100 year old pine stairs, worth refinishing?

Old 03-04-10, 05:57 PM
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100 year old pine stairs, worth refinishing?

We attempted to keep the dog downstairs at night and she decided to rip up the carpet on the first two treads

original stairs underneath, pine, tons of paint and varnish
the middle of the treads are worn, but ive seen refinished pine stairs with character and they do look good

but what i want to know if all the hard work refinishing the stairs is even worth it considering there is already alot of wear on the treads, and they are pine
Old 03-05-10, 04:07 AM
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Since pine is softer than hardwoods it will never wear as well but because it's original to the house [I assume] I'd be tempted to keep it. I guess it depends on how much wear is acceptable. I'd use a chemical stripper first and then sand. Keep in mind you may not be able to sand it level. The dips and scars are probably there to stay.

You might want to do just 1 step to start with - to see if it's a viable option

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