DIY Peel-And-Stick Tile Stairs Makeover

DIY Peel-And-Stick Tile Stairs Makeover

When we moved into our retro ranch six years ago, there were a number of things that I claimed I would fix “right after we move in!” Of course, that’s much easier said than done, and many of those original action items got pushed way, way down the line in terms of our renovation schedule. One of those projects was making over the landing leading into the family room on our finished basement level (and the unfinished laundry area that’s on the other side of the door you see pictured below).

DIY Peel-And-Stick Tile Stairs Makeover

DIY Peel-And-Stick Tile Stairs Makeover

DIY Peel-And-Stick Tile Stairs Makeover

We managed to replace the very tried, dirty original berber carpet in the family room years ago, pretty soon after we moved in (success!), but we didn’t have enough new laminate flooring to makeover the stairs or landing leading into the space, so, instead, that remained carpeted up until last winter. It was at that time that I decided to pull up the carpet on a whim. I didn’t know what I’d find, but I was feeling energetic that day, so I just went for it. What I found underneath was expected—more 1970s asbestos tile, just like what we found underneath the carpeting on the finished side of the basement.

DIY Peel-And-Stick Tile Stairs Makeover

DIY Peel-And-Stick Tile Stairs Makeover

DIY Peel-And-Stick Tile Stairs Makeover

I really don’t want to go too deeply into my feelings toward asbestos tile removal because everyone’s comfort level is different. There’s absolutely no getting around the fact that you need to be really careful with this dangerous material, but I also don’t have any qualms about working with it as needed. We have such a small portion of it in our house, and we’ve dealt with it responsibly and extra, extra carefully, but we ultimately decided not to hire an abatement team.

In the case of our basement stairs and landing, we left the asbestos tile alone, and just patched up the areas where the tile chipped away during the carpet removal using pre-mixed concrete. I’m not going to explain the process of DIY asbestos removal or patching, but if you find yourself in the same position, just don’t be stupid about it, and hire the pros if you feel scared or nervous about touching it yourself!

DIY Peel-And-Stick Tile Stairs Makeover

DIY Peel-And-Stick Tile Stairs Makeover

The plan I came up with after I had the carpet removed and the old tile exposed was to go over it with new tile. I used the same peel-and-stick patterned tile that I used to makeover the closet under our stairs and our side entry so that it kept things cohesive. This tile is super affordable, and has held up great in all of the other areas where we put it, so I was feeling confident about using it on our basement landing. The new tile would update the look of the landing and also help incapsulate all of the old asbestos tile, too. My favorite thing about this tile is that you can do it whether you have tiling experience or not! You can use shears to cut the tile as opposed to using a tile saw, and it’s pretty much done/set the second you press it in place.

DIY Peel-And-Stick Tile Stairs Makeover

DIY Peel-And-Stick Tile Stairs Makeover

DIY Peel-And-Stick Tile Stairs Makeover

Like on our side entry, I used construction adhesive to give the tile added staying power. This landing and pair of stairs gets lots of use throughout the day, so it needed to be strong to withstand all that foot traffic. The additional glue gave us peace of mind that the tiles weren’t going to go anywhere.

Sorry for the rough pictures—I was clearly in the zone and couldn’t be bothered to pick up my nice camera—but to lay the tile, I set one new tile square on top of the old tile (I cleaned the surface of the old tile really, really well first, by the way), traced lines around the perimeter of the tile using a Sharpie marker, squeezed out construction adhesive inside my traced lines, evened out the glue using a spatula, and then I hammered the new tile on top using a rubber mallet. When I needed to make the tile fit around trim or a doorway, I cut it using heavy-duty shears, like these.

DIY Peel-And-Stick Tile Stairs Makeover

DIY Peel-And-Stick Tile Stairs Makeover

Finally, I added metal stairnose trim along the edges of the laundry room stairs that I cut to size using a hack saw. This step really gave the laundry side more polish and a properly finished look. On the other side of the landing on the stairs leading to our finished family room, I decided to skip the stairnose trim because I managed line up my tile pattern really well on that side. I did that part toward the beginning of this project, and must have had more patience for fine-tuning the details!

One thing we did do on that side of the landing was paint the once-exposed wood stair a light purplish gray to match the bathroom vanity I painted last year, which is just off to the side of this landing. Painting the wood stair helped the landing complement the bathroom, and also really finished off the landing as a whole.

DIY Peel-And-Stick Tile Stairs Makeover

DIY Peel-And-Stick Tile Stairs Makeover

DIY Peel-And-Stick Tile Stairs Makeover

DIY Peel-And-Stick Tile Stairs Makeover

It’s certainly not perfect, and it took almost a year to complete because of my chronic wrist pain that kept cropping up, but it’s done, and I love it so much more than the old carpet. The tile is much easier to keep clean, and the fun pattern gives this landing some much-needed character.

Have you ever put off a house project that you knew would be a big messy job? We had initially planned to redo the actual full-length staircase leading down to this landing from the main floor of our house, but after removing the carpet from the landing on my own, I decided we’ll eventually hire that project out. Stay tuned in another six years when, hopefully, that phase of the project will actually get completed!

DIY Peel-And-Stick Tile Stairs Makeover

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Reviewing The Internet-Famous Always Pan

Reviewing The Internet-Famous Always Pan

*This post was made possible by the generous support of Our Place, and features gifted product for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

Have you heard of the Always Pan from Our Place? Your answer is probably “YES!” because just about everyone on the Internet seems to be talking about it (including me, apparently!). Anyway, today I thought I’d pop on quickly to share my candid review of this cult favorite kitchen tool, including my thoughts on its packaging, the non-stick capabilities of the pan, and its ease of use in the kitchen.

Reviewing The Internet-Famous Always Pan

Reviewing The Internet-Famous Always Pan

Over the years as I’ve become more committed to sustainability in our household, I really appreciate when products arrive in recyclable packaging. Happily, the box that the Always Pan arrives in is easy to disassemble and cart out to your local recycling center.

There’s also nothing overly showy or useless in the box that I have to figure out how to recycle or repurpose. I’ve gotten other orders, like for sheets as an example, that arrive in cotton zippered bags with the brand’s logo plastered all over it. While it’s nice that those companies aren’t using plastic to package their goods, I really don’t know what to do with a branded zippered cotton bag!

Anyway, it’s nice that the Always Pan doesn’t come packaged in a bunch of excessive wrappings. It’s just good old plain, recyclable cardboard and other biodegradable materials.

Reviewing The Internet-Famous Always Pan

The thing I love, love, love about this pan is how versatile it is. You can fry things in it, boil pasta in it (it comes with a stainless nesting steamer basket!), and the wooden oiled spatula sits right on the handle thanks to a small knob. There’s also a steamer accessory you can purchase that allows you to steam veggies, dumplings, seafood, and so much more. I don’t have that piece yet, but hope to add it to my collection on Black Friday.

At any rate, they say on the website that this pan replaces your fry pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest, and they aren’t lying! It really is that crazy versatile.

Reviewing The Internet-Famous Always Pan

I actually posted about our new Always Pan on Instagram a couple weeks ago when we first got it, and someone asked if the feet of the metal steamer basket ever hurt the non-stick coating on the pan. I passed the question along to my contact at the company, and this was the answer I received:

“The feet of our stainless nesting steamer basket are actually fairly rounded and smooth. Because of how you use it (namely, it just kinda sits there!) there is little risk of the abrasion that typically would cause scratching from those harsher metal utensils scraping against the surface. That being said, we’re definitely looking into ways we can update our steamer basket to take the risk of scratching from ‘low’ to ‘zero’!”

I loved that response, and, consequently, have really had zero issues, so I think you’re safe to use the basket without harming your pan. Speaking of that non-stick coating, I totally swear by it. I make myself scrambled eggs every morning, and never have to use oil or butter to keep my eggs from sticking to the pan. It’s easy to clean, and I appreciate that the pan is made without toxic materials like PFOAs, PTFEs, other PFAs, lead, cadmium, toxic metals, and nanoparticles.

Reviewing The Internet-Famous Always Pan

Finally, let’s chat about ease of use. This pan has been super simple to incorporate into our cooking processes, from morning all the way to nighttime. I have chronic wrist pain, and lifting really heavy pans is one of the quickest ways to trigger pretty major discomfort. I usually have to rope John into moving our bigger pots and pans when they’re full of food, but he’s not always around! The good news is that this pan is much lighter than our other non-stick pans, so it has become my go-to for just about anything when I’m cooking breakfast sandwich eggs, sautéed veggies for dinner—you name it.

The only problem we have encountered so far is with oil splashing. There are handy pour spouts in the rim on either side of the pan, which makes for easy pouring when you’re sliding scrambled eggs onto a plate. The only time that non-stick spout is an issue is when you’re placing chicken breasts into hot oil.

The other night John and I were making chicken, and he accidentally swished some hot oil from the pan up over the spout and onto his wrist and my leg when he set the chicken fillet into the pan. It was an accident, and I think he probably just had too much oil in the pan (the non-stick coating doesn’t need it, and I personally never use it when I cook with it, but he did this time). I wanted to make sure I mentioned it, though. If the pour spouts weren’t there, I don’t think the oil would have made its way out the pan. Just be careful, and maybe avoid oil if you can. Again, you don’t need it!

Reviewing The Internet-Famous Always Pan

Anywho, we love our Always Pan, and definitely plan to add more from their collection to our kitchen. There’s the steamer accessory, and Our Place also just recently came out with the Perfect Pot as an extension of their Internet-famous Always Pan. You better believe it’s at the top of my wish list this holiday season.

If you want to try the pan out (we have it in the color “Blanch,” in case you’re wondering), it’s currently on its biggest sale of the year in honor of Black Friday being right around the corner. It’s usually $145, but right now you can snag it for $99. Ask me questions in the comments section if you have them. I’m happy to tell all before you make the investment!

Reviewing The Internet-Famous Always Pan

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