February DIM Star: Walnut Oil Stained Stairs February DIM Star: Walnut Oil Stained Stairs

Once a month we like to shine the spotlight on an impressive DIYer by giving their shared project the ol’ “Did It Myself” (DIM) stamp of honor. And, as an added bonus, all DIM Stars are automatically entered into consideration for our first annual DIM Awards next May.

This month we congratulate “tomf63t” on their stained wood stairs. Make sure to share your project with us and next time it could be you!

What They Did

"Tomf63t" began their DIY project trying to hide a cooking oil spill that had soaked into their unfinished wood staircase. They ended up with a beautiful result—stained in the right way this time.

After attempting to sand the cooking oil away to no avail, they were able to cover it up with an oil-based walnut stain and a water-based, low luster polyurethane at the suggestion of their local paint supplier.

Why We Like It

This DIYer was able to cover up an unfortunate mishap with creativity and resourcefulness. And, despite the meager $100 price tag for this fix, they didn't skimp on the job. After the walnut oil application, it took three coats of polyurethane with sanding between each coat, but we think the results are worth the hard work. This is a classic example of making lemonade out of life's lemons. Redoing the floor's finish completely in trying to buff out the oil saturation would have taken a lot of time and money, if it even worked, but this DIYer's solution is a great fix that's easy, simple, and inexpensive—three of our favorite words. You'd never know there is spilled cooking oil underneath it all!

To have a look at "tomf63t"'s work, including multiple photos, visit their project: http://www.doityourself.com/did-it-myself/staircase-1181

Last month's winner installed a TV mount over their remodeled fireplace. Read more here. And, of course, keep checking back with us regularly to see more DIM Stars. Maybe some of their great ideas will inspire your own project!

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