January 27, 2014

Completed Hardwoods in Hallway & Landing

I mentioned in an earlier post that we were having some work done on our stairs and in our upstairs hallway. This is a new house, but when we were finishing it, we decided to go with a carpeted hallway, landing, and stairs. After living in the house for 2 years, it was one of those things that I knew we had to change, and I am so very happy we did! I think waiting, and not making these changes when we first built saved us a lot of money too!


All carpet was removed from the stairs and replaced with "stair carpet", or a more durable carpet than what we have in the bedrooms. So many stair carpet choices are way too ornate for my taste. We ended up with a neutral shade with a pattern to give it some interest. The hardwoods and railing are very dark, so I wanted to keep the carpet light for contrast. Even though the carpet is light, it is very durable, and we haven't had any issues. We are very careful about not wearing shoes upstairs, which seems to make it much easier to keep clean, etc.



We chose to continue the same hardwoods from the first floor onto the stair landing and upstairs hallway. The wood is rustic maple. The stain color is a 50/50 cut of Ebony and Special Walnut (SW stain colors). We also had the flooring guys come back three different times to put an oil based sealer on the floors. This creates a shiny, almost glassy look, on the floors, which we love on the first floor. It is so durable and after two years, our floors still look as shiny as ever. I highly recommend the headache of having this done (you can't walk on the floors for 12 hours after this is applied, so we slept downstairs 3 different nights)!

Here is the maple installed before the stain and sealer.


And completed…


For what we paid, this change has made SUCH a difference. I'm not a carpet person, and if we stay here for a really long time, I would like to hardwood the entire house and have large rugs underneath beds, etc. For now, this small change is making me very happy!


I love the look of the dark hardwoods against the light paint color. As with our hardwoods on the first floor, I clean them by sweeping up any dust/debris, and then I use a wet cloth to clean, and a dry cloth to dry/shine.

I touched up the paint in the hallway last week, so I can start thinking about getting some stuff hung in this hallway - finally!

13 comments:

  1. It looks beautiful! I love your carpet choice! Just perfect! And those floors! Gorgeous!

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  2. The stain color looks great and love the stair carpet choice!

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  3. Yesss, I had been waiting for you to post After pics of the hardwood install! We are debating about the same thing right now...we are remodeling the entire upstairs of our home (tile, trim, floor coverings, countertops, light fixtures, paint, etc) and really want to do hardwoods in the hallway. However, down the line we plan to do hardwoods on the main floor, and really want to tie the two together. So, I think we're going to do what you guys did - deal with carpet upstairs for a short time, then upgrade to the hardwoods later. Yours look GORGEOUS. And the impact they make against the white trim and painted walls just reconfirms that that is in fact what I want to do with ours eventually. Love it. Thanks for sharing, Andrea, as always!!

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    1. Annie - so exciting that you are remodeling! Are you DIYing any of it? I can't say enough about the hardwoods in these areas - worth the wait and the $$!!

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  4. Your floors look amazing! Such a beautiful update.

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  5. Love, love, love how it turned out! We have done our landings as well, but now I am itching to get the upstairs hallways done. Your images are encouraging me further :)

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  6. Love this and was so excited to see it on your blog as it's what we plan to do ASAP. We hate our upstairs carpet so will be replacing it all and doing hardwood on stairs and in hallway too. 2 questions for you: You mentioned that by waiting you saved yourself money, I'm guessing you did some of it yourself? Forgive me if you mentioned this, my reading comprehension might be off. We have no carpentry skills so will pay for it all and I'm guessing it will be pretty pricey. :( Second, how did you decide on carpet vs. hardwood for the stairs? I haven't looked into all the pros/cons. We were leaning towards just doing hardwood for the stairs as our kids should be over the falling down stairs period, but maybe that is unnecessarily risky as we don't plan to move for a long time and might have an unexpected fall at some point?? Thanks for any input!

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    1. Hello! Thanks for stopping by! 1) We paid to have all work done. We saved money by not having the builder do this when we first moved into the house 2 years ago. It was an upgrade, and at the time, it wasn't in the budget. By waiting two years, we were able to contract the work out ourselves, saving money from having the builder do it. It depends on the size of your hallway, but ours came in well below what we expected it to be. I think you will be surprised. We used rustic maple floors and purchased more expensive stair carpet, and it was still surprisingly affordable. We had 2 quotes before deciding. 2) We decided on carpet on the stairs because of kids. We didn't want the issue of falling. We already slip and slide on the hardwoods in the hallway with socks on, so I know it would have been an issue on the stairs. I think the carpet also helps soften some of the dark, hardness of the hardwoods. I absolutely LOVE the look of hardwoods on the stairs thought, so I don't think you can go wrong. I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions!

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    2. Hi there. I came across this post because I was googling "wood on landing." I originally wanted wood stair treads and have been shopping and pricing carpet and wood. We will also be doing our upstairs hallway as well. Wood stairs, whether you use your wood floor as the treads, or have a stair guy put in solid treads, will cost you at least $2500 to $3000 due to labor. Doing carpet on my stairs (a nice carpet) and wood on my landing much like livelovelarson, will save me about $1200. My kids are older (12 and 14), but even adults slip on stairs, and we will be old one day, so carpet it is! There are some really interesting carpet choices out there that you do not need to match to other carpet in your house. I have even seen animal prints. Look at RealSimple magazine editor sitting on stairs with leopard print. You have to be daring to put this in. My family won't let me put in the tan zebra print I want to do. But if you look at Stanton carpet, you'll see some very fabulous geometrics and grid patterns. Those are high end and will cost around $1200 for 16 stairs. Good luck!

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  7. Andrea, I love this- I have bad knees and often slip on my stairs. Do you just have wood on all of your landings and carpet on all stairs?

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    1. The hardwoods are in the hallway upstairs and on the landing. The actual stairs are all carpeted. I didn't want my kids falling all over either! :)

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