Monday, March 19, 2012

New Bedding and Stair Project Update Part I

Hey there!  I'm back!  Thank you so much for all the lovely comments on our FB page.  The encouragement you gave me touched my heart.  Thank you. 

I wanted to share with you the new bedding I purchased for our bed.  We've had the same bedding on our bed for about 10 years.  It was a duvet cover and shams that I made from two sheets as seen on our previous master bedroom photos.  It was perfectly fine, but it was time for something new, you know?  I have admired this ruffled, scrunched up bedding for a while and even considered making one myself, but decided against that tedious sewing project.  So, I was so excited when I found exactly what I wanted at Target.  I purchased the duvet cover and two shams for around $60, which I didn't think was bad at all. It is so feminine and romantic.  Here's a look.....
 Love!!  I wanted to stick with white because I love the contrast between the white bedding and the rustic barn door behind the bed.
It's simple and pretty, exactly the way I like our bedroom to feel.  Because of the close proximity to the outside door, we are limited to what we can have on that side of the bed, hence, no second bedside lamp and a tiny rattan storage box for a night stand.  We really like to open that door on warm summer evenings and let the breeze blow through.
I can't tell you how excited I was to find this bedding so I didn't have to try sewing it myself.   The throw pillow is from West Elm, a gift from several years ago.  It had been in storage and I had forgotten about it, found it while looking for something else,
and thought it went perfectly with the white bedding.
What do you think?

 
So, I finally finished our stairs.  The second part of the project will be figuring out what to do with that awful half wall.  I don't mind saying that I hate it.  It is a huge eye sore and I want it gone, however, we aren't sure if it's possible with a light switch right there at the front of it....I don't do electrical and neither does hubby.  So, I'm trying to figure out what to do, if we can take it down, alter it somehow, or what.  I'd love to hear some suggestions from you!
Here's a look at the stairs before I removed the icky carpet.
And here they are after removing the carpet and 4 billion staples. 
A project I never want to ever do again.
 And after sanding, painting, staining and sealing.
The stairs were covered in lots of paint spills from the painters who painted this house before we moved in so there was a lot of sanding involved.  Not fun, especially after suffering a bout with bronchitis and a torn rib muscle.  But, the stair portion is done, thank goodness and I'm pretty proud of it.  I didn't want to do anything fancy or trendy.  Just classic and in keeping with the rest of our home.
I was thrilled with how the wood looked after removing all of the yuck on it.
I stained it dark walnut and sealed with high gloss Varathane for floors.
Now to start on the half wall redo/demolition/whatever!  What do ya think?
We originally wanted to use the giant barn beams hubby brought home, however, they are covered in some kind of oil that is nasty and not wanted in our home.
Would love to hear your ideas for the wall!

Have a great day y'all! 

42 comments:

  1. Mucho mejor ahora ha quedado precioso !!!!

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  2. Your stairs look SO GREAT! We're hoping to do the same thing to ours sometime later this year.

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  3. we did the same thing with our nasty carpeted stairs last fall~i feel you pain pulling out ALL those staples! your stairs turned out AWESOME!
    danica

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  4. It all looks fab!!! Great job! Just thinking off the top of my head....what if you changed the railing on the opposite side to take your eye off the half wall? You might be able to add something like a painted white square/3D railing that would blend with the half wall. OR you could stain the railing dark brown to match the stairs so the eye is drawn to that area more. Another thought is to make a simple gallery wall on the inside of the half wall (and outside for that matter) with photos or pieces of art. These are not permanant solutions to removing the half wall, but tryin to think outside the box. XO, Steph.

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    2. that's exactly what I was thinking! that the rail should be darker now to match the gorgeous wood on the stairs :)

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    3. The bedding is fantastic for 60.00 and how did you live with the old for ten yrs? I tell my husband he is the only thing I want that long. We have the same carpet on our stairs but this is a parsonage and they just put it in before we moved here this summer so I am stuck. Yours look great.

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    4. OMG....Glorious stairs.....breathtaking!!!!!!! So worth all the work...I would love to climb those steps!!!!!!!

      Love all you do......have all your bread boards...and have sent a set to my "very particular" but talented dil...she loved them to...LOL

      Evie in LA

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    5. Thank you! You know, I never even noticed that the railing was a different color stain. Guess I need to fix that because now its bugging me! LOL! Glad you and your dil are enjoying my breadboards, Evie! :)

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  5. Love your stairs and the bedroom is fabulous. I love white bedding too. Then I can change up the cushions whenever I am in the mood...LOL.

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  6. Your stairs look so pretty! What an improvement over carpet, wow! We have carpeted stairs (strong dislike) but when we pulled up the carpet a bit it was just pressed wood beneath. Ugh. Still trying to figure out how to make them look good without going to the expense of buying new wood steps.

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    1. Thank you, Sherry! Hmmm, I would either paint the pressed wood or attach thinner wood on top of the pressed wood and stain that? That is certainly a dilemma! Good luck! :)

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  7. You have been one busy little beaver!
    I love the white in your bedroom....it looks so crisp and clean. What a great deal! We have white in all of our bedrooms, too. :)
    Okay, dearie...the stairs are gorgeous. Seriously!! When we took our walls down, some of the electrical was quite easy to move.
    Maybe you could barter for the work?
    Have you considered using outside metal decking railing for that one small section? That is if you move the switcheroo. Anyhoo, I am so happy you are feeling better and that your energy has returned. Of course, I am ecstatic that you are back to blogging, but most of all that you are happy and healthy. Love to you, friend. Xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I will have to check on that! xoxo

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  8. The stairs look gorgeous and that headboard is amazing! Where ever did yo find it??

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    1. Charlotte, thanks! I made the headboard with barn wood we reclaimed.

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  9. Everything looks fantastic! (As it ALWAYS does, may I add!) ;o)

    I have to start my basement stairs soon, so I hope they turn out as good as yours! ;o)

    Mary

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  10. Love the boards behind your bed and the stairs look fantastic...good job!

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  11. The bedding is soooo pretty and your stair project looks AMAZING! I love your home:)

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  12. Can I please come and live with you? :-) Your bedroom looks gorgeous! Sometimes I consider white bedding and don't feel it's "me", however, when I see yours it is just perfect. So many options with it too. I love it!

    The stairs are stunning! You did such a beautiful job on the stain. I have no idea about electrical things. How about asking for an estimate from a reliable source and perhaps you could barter for the work? There are a jillion things you guys come up with that I feel sure someone...or someone's wife!...would love to have. :-) I agree with the railing being the same stain as the stairs.

    Beautiful work, my friend. I am so glad you're feeling better and I've missed your blogging.

    xo
    Pat

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    1. Thank you dear Pat!! That rail is gonna have to be changed, now that I notice it's a different color stain! Another project! Take care, my friend! xoxo

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  13. Your stairs turned out beautifully!!! We recently redid our banisters. It's amazing how much impact a staircase can have! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. The bedding and stairs look wonderful !!!!! Glad your back !

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  15. You did a great job, just be careful walking up and down them with just socks on, slip and slide all the way down!

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  16. Diana, this is so beautiful! I just found your blog! It is something else!! Your home is wonderful. I can't wait to look through all the archives and see all the projects you've done!

    For the stairs... what an awesome idea! Can this be done with any stairs? Our home was built in 2002 and I have no idea what kind of wood lies beneath. I saw that another reader mentioned they only had pressed wood under their stairs. What kind of wood needs to be there to be able to stain? Yes, I'm a newbie at his whole DIY thing :)

    I love the white bedding! What an awesome, awesome, AWESOME Target find!

    Love, Monica

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    1. Hi Monica, welcome! As long as it isn't pressed plywood and in good shape, you can stain it. It might need some sanding, but it's so worth it! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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    2. Thanks Diana!

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  17. I just found your blog this week during my spring break from nursing school. I am OBSESSED with your blog, your bread boards, and your style. I just wanted you to know that you have inspired me with all of your projects. As soon as I graduate, I plan to start restoring an old house and I will definitely be referring back to your site! I will also be buying some walnut bread boards :) Thank you for sharing!!

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    1. Hi Kayla, thank you so much for such sweet comments. And thanks for stopping by! :)

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  18. I love your new bedding! I have to live vicariously through you - with a german shepherd that sheds, and is allowed on the bed as a special treat, white bedding is not in the cards for me.

    Your stairs are awesome! I would love to do something like that in our house.

    As for the half wall - does the wall not reach up to the ceiling? If it does, hang a large framed picture up there, or a mirror in a vintage white frame. I can't wait to see what you decide to do with it!

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  19. Hi Diana, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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  20. Love the new stairs! That is so much more your style! Sorry, I don't have a clue what you can do for your wall since there's an outlet there. :( I'm sure someone will have a good idea, though.

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  21. Absolutely loving all you've been up to girlfriend! That bedding is heavenly and the stairs are just perfection! :)

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  22. Those stairs are just gorgeous! I would love to do this to the staircase going from our kitchen down into our finished basement/family room...but I can't even imagine tackling a project like this. For now, I'll just have to dream and live vicariously through you...

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  23. I loooooooove you new duvet set! it is kind of like the old one we had from Target in our guest room (when the tornado happened and our attic insulation landed all over it). So cute! The stairs look sooooooooo much better without the carpet too, nice work! For the half wall, if you just open that up and use a regular railing I bet it would look nice, but I am sure you have something amazing up your sleeve. Can't wait to see it!

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  24. I love your simple room decoration.

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  25. I love how the stairs turned out. I live in an older home with beautiful stair railings but the stairs themselves are covered in carpet from the previous owners. I am dying to remove it and apply the same look that you did with yours! I just have to find the courage to attempt the project, thanks for the inspiration :)

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  26. Your stairs are gorgeous! I want to do something similar to ours; we have berber carpet that is a dirt collector. What kind of wood is on your stairs? Is the rise a pressed wood and the run a solid wood? Thanks ~ Cortney

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  27. Hi, Diana!! You did a wonderful job on your stairs!! My husband and I are DIYers too and tackled our stairs a couple of year ago. We had two half walls (so lame) that drove me nuts. We ended up using a sawzall and cutting them both out. We didn't have electrical to mess with, but it was still a pretty big mess! Here are a couple of photos of our redo!! http://bloggingmollyr.blogspot.com/2012_02_01_archive.html
    Good luck and I can't wait to see what you decide to do!!

    Molly

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  28. Your bedroom is beautiful!! I just stumbled upon your blog after searching for stair renovations. Hubby and I have had a bet about what is u der our carpet. I was able to pull some back tonight and the angels started singing when I saw pine! Hubby can't see my vision so I am going to show yours to him! Thanx from your newest follower!:)

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