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Refinishing Stairs to Match Your Atlanta Hardwood Floors

Updated: Mar 19, 2023

Are you tired of having mismatched stairs that clash with your beautiful hardwood floors? Do you dream of having a polished look in your home, but aren't sure where to start? If yes, then you're in the right place.

In this blog post, we'll show you how we can refinish your stairs to match your hardwood floors.

So, let's get started on creating the beautiful look you deserve in your Atlanta home.


Before refinishing your stairs to match your hardwood floors, we'll need to prepare the surface by removing any carpeting, nails, or staples from the stairs. Next, we take a closer look at the stairs and repair any damage, such as chips or cracks, to ensure a smooth finish.

Once the repairs have been made, we sand the stairs with coarse grit sandpaper to remove any existing finish or stain. This will allow the new stain to penetrate the hardwood more evenly and create a more consistent finish.


Once the stairs are sanded and prepped, it's time to apply the stain. We begin by applying a wood conditioner to the stairs to prevent blotching, especially if you're using a softwood like pine or fir. This will help to create a more even finish and reduce any unwanted splotches or streaks.

Next, we’ll apply the stain to the stairs with a brush or cloth, making sure to apply the stain evenly and avoid overlapping strokes to prevent any dark spots or unevenness in the finish.

After applying the stain, we then wipe off any excess with a clean cloth, and let it dry completely before proceeding to the next step.

Sealing and Finishing

To protect the newly stained stairs and enhance the color, it's essential to apply a clear polyurethane finish. We lightly sand the stairs with fine-grit sandpaper and wipe them clean with a tack cloth.

Then, we apply the first coat of polyurethane finish and let it dry. Once the first coat is dry, we’ll lightly sand the stairs with fine-grit sandpaper again and wipe them clean.

We then apply a second coat of polyurethane finish and let it dry completely. This will help to ensure a durable and long-lasting finish that protects the stairs from wear and tear.

Stair Installation and Finishing

If you're installing new stairs to match your hardwood floors, it's essential to choose a wood species that closely matches the color and grain pattern of your existing hardwood. This will help to create a cohesive look and ensure that the stairs blend seamlessly with the rest of the room.

After successful stair installation, we sand and stain the stairs using the same process outlined above to achieve a beautiful and consistent finish that matches your hardwood floors.

Tips When Considering Stair Installation and Wood Staining

  • Always consider hiring a professional to do the job for you. We have the experience and expertise to ensure a quality finish.

  • When selecting stain, consider using the same brand and color as your hardwood floors. This will help to ensure a consistent color and finish.

  • If you have pets or children, consider using water-based polyurethane instead of oil-based. Water-based finishes dry faster and have fewer harmful chemicals, making them a safer option for your family.

  • Allow ample time for the finish to dry before use. This will help to ensure the finish is fully cured and will last longer.


  • To maintain the finish of your newly refinished stairs, regularly clean them with a soft-bristled brush or vacuum to remove dirt and debris.

  • Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as these can damage the finish.

  • Consider adding stair treads or runners to protect the finish and provide traction on slippery stairs.

  • Refinish your stairs as needed to maintain their appearance and protect the wood from wear and tear.

If you have any additional questions, make sure to contact us! We would love to help you on your upcoming project.


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