Brooke, What you have there is OSB (Oriented Strand Board) stair treads, it seems someone used that to retrofit your stairs before you. Then, replace the medium-grade disc with a fine-grade disc and sand them again. You'll probably have to remove the tread boards to get the skirt out cleanly. It might not be as expensive as you think. No contractor looks forward to removing particleboardâit is so weak that it breaks apart and doesn't pull up the nails with it. It looks like the stair tread is holding the skirt against the wall. You can buy stair treads at home supply stores or online. x 4 ft. MDF construction. Oriented Strand Board, or OSB is a composite board made up of a bunch of adhesives and wood flakes. Painting Your Stairs: Prep Work. Is that preferred for expansion and future removal for repairs? These are the options: stair runner properly fastened or stair treads (as ugly as they are). Third option: you and your husband take turns carrying dog (100lbs is not something that anyone can sustain without injury...so please add in cost for hospitalization with this option). But, even that might exceed your skills because there will be edge pieces required. Although the treads and risers are now painted gray, I want to make the risers white and the treads very dark brown after we fill in the dings and chips with wood putty. If you retrofit the stairs you have to cut bullnose on each existing tread and then install first the riser and after the new tread. Although the old treads werenât the prettiest pieces in the world, I was hoping to salvage them to eventually refinish the wood and maybe re-purpose them as shelves somewhere. Those nail guns were so fast and made this job a breeze to do. The surface is rough and ugly, and catches every piece of dirt it can. Check out these ideas for matching your staircase floor treatment to upstairs and downstairs flooring, Pair your wood trim and cabinets with the right shade of wall paint to bring out the beauty in both, A dramatic redesign of this multistory home transforms its dark 1970s-era interior into an all-white Scandinavian idyll, Salvaged and secondhand elements make for a home that's earth conscious, thrifty and beautifully personal, How to make a very narrow home open, bright and comfortable? Replacing stair treads may be necessary due to age or wear, or for esthetic reasons. Another option, depending on the size of the gaps, would be to use a tiny flat stock trim and wrap it around each tread, covering both the wall/tread areas and the riser/tread areas. 11.5â³ Wood Stair Treads 11-1/2â³ x 96â³ Bullnosed Stair Tread $ 118.97 â $ 319.97. The hospital bill is looming if you keep carrying the dog. Can we simply add a 1/2" by 8" board for a skirt or should we replace the treads with unfinished wood treads from the big box store (they're 3/4" pine)? Work the entire front of the stair tread from the edge of one stringer across to the other, lifting in a maximum of 1/8 inch increments as you go along the front of the stair tread. DIY: How To Remove Icky OSB Chipboard Stair Treads - YouTube (most flooring companies do not do this work as it is tricky. Hey guys. ACTUALLY transforming the stairs. Eliot Osorio: We have the same setup on our basement stairs. But under your old worn out carpet lies a beast of a whole different nature. You are right looks like chipboard or a subfloor for under carpet. Again, not sure of the nail pattern, so this may or may not work. I'm trying to repair a damaged staircase (only 7 stairs so nothing major). You can also add slip resistant additives to the paint to make it less slippery if that is a concern. So, the task might be as simple as prying the old treads up off the stringers and fitting the new treads â¦ The stair skirtboard is cut / broke, and plan to remove it entirely and build a new one. In all these cases, you may want or need to replace your stair treads. x 4 ft. MDF Particle Board is a great choice for a in a variety of applications. Particleboard Stair Treads in stock: 1â â³x11 ½â³ â 42â³ Bull Nosed 1 Edge 1â â³x11 ½â³ â 48â³ Bull Nosed 1 Edge 1â â³x11 ½â³ â 84â³ Bull Nosed 1 Edge. I want to remove them and replace with cherry treads but unsure how to tackle this. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. I am doing every other step. I am doing 3 coats on just the treads. When done, paint using a good quality paint. This could be a big job, if the balusters are incorporated into the old treads, but maybe your basement stairs have a different, easier design. It's supposed to be tread up to wall, then board over tread, but stairs were built differently over the years, because why be consistent. So letâs talk about this. Installing Hardwood Treads Using An Easy-To-Make Template For Pie Steps or Curved Staircases Last Fall, we tackled the renovation of our homeâs foyer. Wipe away any excess glue that "squishes out" before it dries. That way you can remove the full sheets and easily pull out the nails afterwards. This was never meant to be a finished floor. Have you done it and how did it turn out? I agree with GN and you can use non expanding foam to seal the sides of the stairs, then cut away the excess after it dries below the level of the treads, and then caulk the remaining gaps a couple of times. If you are new here, please review posting/commenting guidelines. How to Remove Particle Board Stair Treads 1. stain or tear the finish at time of removal) than a stair runner will. The only thing you can do is sand the treads lightly with 200 grit sandpaper to get the rough spots out and apply a skim coat of good quality wood filler to smooth out all the voids if any and sand it again to get a smooth surface. 1-1/8 x 11-1/4 x 4 Particleboard Stepping - 1-1/8 in. Rubber backed ANYTHING will stain/destroy hardwood finish. One trend in home remodeling is to replace carpeted stairs with hardwood treads. How do we improve that? We've told our basement remodeler not to carpet the stairs since I don't like carpeted basement stairs and want it to look more like our very nice staircase upstairs. My husband is only marginally handy and I love to do things like this but have never done this particular level of project before. If you don't have access to one, or don't want to rent one, you might get away with just gluing it, but it's hard to get the pieces to really "snug up" with just glue. Retro-fitting stair treads is the simplest solution for a DIYâer intent on installing hardwood treads over an existing flight of stairs. Again, not ideal, but might suffice. We'd appreciate any information or ideas. 2. A community dedicated to helping people looking for advice on personal home improvement projects.