Stairway facelist, refinish or replace
I put a white oak floor in 3 years ago, and then hired someone to do an on site finish. It was a big job, lol. Don't want to get into something like that again now. I have torn up half the carpeting on the stairway and stopped. The stairs are a mess. They look like red oak to me. They are prob original to house, built in ~1960. In 1996 (before I bought it), there was a fire and much of the house was rebuilt. I think the stairs predate that. I think replacing the entire staircase would be cost prohibitive. I am willing to paint he risers. There appears to be pain drips, and maybe some water damage to the finish. In addition, there is a chunk out of the edge of one tread, but it looks like it is a molding peice that could be replaced, although matching the wood and finish could be problem. I am looking for 2 things. First, I am getting the house appraised for refinance in a couple of weeks or less. Would a surface sanding with a palm sander and some wax or anything else make them look a little better for a short term quick fix? Next, is hiring someone to do a refinish likely to be worthwhile or should I look into just installing new white oak treads? I was pretty careful cutting the flooring around the curved stair base that it isn't perfect, but I don't think it looks too bad, but that odd cut out in the riser has me fuming. Who and why would they have done such a thing and do you think some putty and paint would be enough to cover it up? I have included photos below. I resized these photos on photobucket but they are showing up for me as huge and sideways. I hope it is my computer and not the way they will show for you! Sometimes they get cached on the computer and the changes don't show up. Well if not, I will delete them and try again!