Looking for ideas for an existing plywood landing

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Old 11-02-14, 04:51 PM
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Question Looking for ideas for an existing plywood landing

Hi, I recently finished my basement and one of the last items I want to do is to tackle the steps leading into the basement. I decided that I want to leave the wood exposed, sand and paint it. My dilemma is the horrid plywood landing as you can see pictured. Do you have any ideas on what I can do to make it look as if its the same as the other wood steps I have? I thought about removing the plywood step but noticed underneath the steps there is a joist and it would be tough to replace it.

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Old 11-02-14, 06:29 PM
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I would remove the OSB and reframe if necessary to where you can install 2x lumber to cover it in the same design. This will restore your proper rise. You also need to install a skirt board on both sides of the tread/risers to dress it up a little.
 
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You do know just painting those steps is going to become a constant on going mantaince issue?
 
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Chandler will hate this but I would think about getting some middle-of-the-road laminate flooring and gluing it down. Really, very little that can be done with OSB to make it look even half way decent.

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Old 11-03-14, 04:25 AM
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I decided that I want to leave the wood exposed, sand and paint it.
If you are going to prime and paint, I'd just use plywood on the landing but as Joe said, paint will be an ongoing maintenance issue. You could clean up the pine and apply 2-3 coats of poly. It won't wear as good as it would on oak but the finish would be more forgiving.
 
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