The stairs are progressing - ever so slowly. Fun seems to get in the way of working on them these days. As I said the stain and varathane are on the newel post and the first portion of the handrail. I love the color - dark walnut by minwax. And the satin finish varathane has the perfect amount of shine for me. I did 2 coats of stain and 4 of the varathane. I will probably do one more coat once I have hte entire railing done
And if you look at the back you can see the primer on the baserail. Woo Hoo.
Today after work - in addition to getting the rest of the cleaning up done after our impromptu cook out last night - I managed to get 2 coats of paint on 3 sides of the spindles that will go back on the first section of stairs. I used Artist Canvas in the Behr with primer semi gloss. It is the color in the laundry room on the cabinets, in the windowsills, and it is the crown molding in our dining room. Hopefully before too long it will be the trim color throughput the house.
I think we have now bought every tool we could possibly need to remove the old treads. We just bought
Hope your DIY is going faster than mine!