Monday, January 20, 2014

Stairway Renovation

If you've read this blog for long, you know that I've always disliked our stairway.  I was so disappointed when we moved in and saw that the renovators just stuck a boring half wall on there and called it a day.  I added trim and a newel post later but still, I hated that half wall.  The staircase deserved a pretty railing.  :)

So, after removing the carpet, painting, repainting and many projects to take the focus off the half wall, we finally decided to just take the wall down, thanks to these reclaimed spindles hubby found.


It was certainly not in our budget right now to buy all new spindles, wood and trim to create a new stair rail so finding these was perfect.  And I'm proud to say that because we reused a lot of the wood we removed and wood from storage, this entire project only cost about 10 bucks.  :)

Here are the 3 redos that this staircase has seen all in an attempt to take the focus away from the half wall.  The carpeted stairs are the way they looked originally.


And here's how they looked the day before the project started.


I have to admit, this project was scary.  I've never done anything like this and to get the wall out, we first had to have a light switch moved and then we didn't have the right tools to get it out.


So we used a chainsaw.  :)


But oh my, how I would do it all over again because here is how it looks now and I could NOT be happier!  Our staircase finally has the railing it deserves.


The stairs were painted with Annie Sloan chalkpaint in French Linen.  I distressed them and then dry brushed a little white paint on top to age them a bit.  We have a dog and kids so they will get distressed anyway and this was a great solution for us if they were going to be painted.  The more distressed they get, the better as far as I'm concerned.


And as usual, this is causing a room makeover for this room (the den) because I love the railing so much that now I don't have to hide the furniture that isn't my favorite in this room anymore.  I would LOVE to remove the carpet in here as most of it is hardwood floor, however, the large section right in front of the stairs is plywood as they used some flooring to repair in other parts of the house.  Any suggestions on what to do with the plywood area?  Throw a rug over it?


So that's it!  Probably the last big project I will do for awhile!  :)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Diana

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59 comments:

  1. Wow! Wonderful work!
    I love it!
    Carla frome Rome

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  2. So much brighter! I love it! Fantastic job and WOW you're brave for taking out that wall. I would have been scared too!

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    1. Yes, after I made the first hole in the wall, I was terrified! ha! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  3. What a difference! I can see why you're in love with them. Absolutely love the treatment on the stair treads. Fabulous job!

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  4. what a difference the railing & open spindles make ~ perfect!
    we're in the process of redoing our old farmhouse as well, beginning with our bath :)
    it's so much fun to work together :)))
    Lori

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    1. Oh how fun! I totally agree! Good luck on your renovations! And thanks for stopping by!

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  5. tile in the pattern of a rug maybe?

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  6. Wow...it looks beautiful!!! At first I looked at the before with the half wall and thought "what's wrong with that?", but now that I see the after...so much better!!

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  7. Absolutely amazing! What a vintage difference spindles make versus a half wall!

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  8. Beautiful, as always. I'm always so happy when a new post of hours pops up in my reader :)
    As far as the plywood, I have seen where people painted the plywood with a pattern or stenciled a pattern on. I read John and Sherry's blog, Young House Love, and I believe they stenciled the plywood in one of their bathrooms.

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  9. Oh wow it looks amazing!! And you guys used a chainsaw? Haha. That's awesome! Whatever works right? Maybe paint the plywood? Of some of those FLOR carpet tiles that can be removed easily...
    -Miranda
    www.mirandawritesblog.com

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    1. Hi Miranda! Thanks! I'm going to check out those FLOR tiles. :)

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  10. This project turned out beautifully...I've been wanting to re-do our stairs for a long time...I'm inspired!

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  11. Wow! That looks so much better! Not sure I could have made that first cut. Did you put some of the spindles upside down on purpose?

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    1. Wow. I actually hadn't noticed that but thanks for pointing it out. :-/

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    2. Sorry! Only someone as OCD as me would notice.

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    3. No worries! I'm a bit OCD too so I'm very surprised I didn't notice it. :)

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    4. I noticed it too - only because in the house we bought we had 3 of about 30 upside down and they drive me nuts

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  12. Ten dollars....you are so flippin' amazing. Seriously. Love it.

    Judy Brown

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  13. I'll bet you smile every time you're in here now! I would :)

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  14. Nice job! I liked the updates that you did in the ‘before’ photo as well, but the ‘after’ looks so light and fresh with the mix of white and grey. I’ll have to keep that weathered grey finish in mind if we ever get around to upgrading our carpeted stairs (someday hopefully!).

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  15. What a transformation! It lovely! You guys did a wonderful job. Personally, I couldn't even tell if any were upside down. I say, leave them that way. Part of the beauty of DIY and rustic things are the imperfections. Love all the colors too!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer!! Obviously we didn't notice it at all. Someone must have really been analyzing the photo! Lol ;) we definitely aren't going to change it as I don't find it that noticeable. I did poll all my friends this afternoon and asked them if they could tell without me pointing it out and NONE of them noticed it, so I guess we will just have an imperfect railing. :)

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    2. Good for you! :) Oh, and if you could ship all those gorgeous letters that are in the bucket to me, that'd be greeeeeaaaat. :D

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  16. It's gorgeous. I know what it's like to HATE something in the house and just not have the means to fix it. I'm so happy the spindles came your way. And how hilarious that someone noticed them not all being installed the same way. I had to go back and look and I think it's fun. Tell everyone, "I meant to do that." :)

    Are you not able to replace the hardwood flooring where the plywood went in? That would be my first attempt.

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    1. Hi Mindy, lol! I'd like to replace it of course, but have a feeling that would be out of the budget. Trying not to have to buy any new flooring. :)

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  17. Fantastic! It's so open and airy now. The stairs look great too! You two are incredibly creative and talented.

    xo
    Pat

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  18. WOW! What a nice difference that makes!

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  19. Just lovely! So happy you finally got your pretty railing!

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  20. I love the after so much. Great work! I didn't notice the spindle issue and still can't see it. When quilters used to make quilts, they often made a mistake on purpose because only God is perfect. So leave them. My grandfather made four dining room chairs which I have and one has upside down spindles on the back. I love them that way! If matching the hardwood floor isn't in the budget, I love the idea of painting or stenciling the plywood. Or maybe you could make a floorcloth.

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  21. I love the after picture. You did a great job! I didn't notice the spindle issue and even after I read about it, I couldn't see it. When quilters used to make quilts, they often made a mistake somewhere in the quilt because only God is perfect. So leave it. My grandfather made the four chairs I have in my dining room and one chair has upside down spindles on the back. I love them more because of that! If matching the hardwood boards isn't in the budget, I love the idea of painting or stenciling the plywood. Or maybe you could paint a floorcloth.

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  22. What color paint is in your hallway?
    Stairs look amazing!

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  23. 10.00 !!???!!!! BEST EVER makeover project sale, and the chain saw... so something I would do. When that urge to start hits you can't worry about tiny insignificant details like proper tools. :)

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  24. Amazing....I loved the black numbered stairs too!!! PINNING...Christine from Little Brags

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  25. Wow! The stairs turned out amazing!!! So much prettier than the half wall :) has to feel nice to like the look of your stairs now :)

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  26. I LOVE your stairs painted and distressed! This looks fabulous and creative....the open look of the spindles look beautiful! As for your floor....not sure. I am having to make a decision on a floor issue too....we are renovating a 1920's cedar shake cottage. But I love your inspiration, cause I have some stairs to paint too?? Blessings, Roxie

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  27. I really like your stairs now!

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  28. Wow the after pictures are gorgeous...and love those spindles! As far as the plywood, I think throwing a rug over it for now would be just fine or get some cheap salvaged wood (that purposely doesn't match the rest of the floors) and make a border and fill it in to give it that "rug" look but out of wood.

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  29. Oh my goodness Diana! The staircase is absolutely amazing! Great job, I just LOVE it!! So excited to see what will come next!☺ Thanks for sharing--♥Angie www.feelthejoyinthejourney.blogspot.com

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  30. I've come to the conclusion that I love everything about your amazing home. I think it's the contrast between all the light and dark. Everything just looks ageless :)

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  31. Most old houses have hardwood in the closets. Our house was built in 1900 and most of the flooring runs under the walls throughout the house. You could consider pulling hardwood from the closet to work into the space, but it's not an easy job and would probably require sanding and staining the entire area. New wood probably wouldn't be the same dimensions. I think the DIY network has some instructions for mending wood floor. If not, you might check Nicole Curtis' website. She replaces sections of wood flooring in a lot of the houses she remodels. You can definitely do it yourself if you're brave and the tools can be rented a lot of the time. I would put the plywood and carpet in the closet to replace the wood you stole from there so that you don't have any added expense there. Good luck! I love the house!

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  32. One idea would be to get copper or patina metal and put over the floor in front of the stairs. It is very eclectic and would go well with any hard wood floor...
    you can find my email in my profile...email me and I will show you a photo of what I am talking about. You can do that and place a cute woven rug and you could still see the little touch of copper...

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  33. I didn't read through all the comments, so maybe it's already been mentioned, but could you possibly paint something on that section? Like black & white checkerboard, for example. We have red fir at the bottom of our 1922 stairs that runs right into oak floors. I've considered this very thing. And as always....you inspire me, and I admire you :). Oh, and have you watched The Rehab Addict? This totally reminds me of her show...and I want to be her...Hahahaha!

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    1. Hi Kelly! Oh my goodness I love that show! What do you think inspired me to do this project?! I totally want to buy a condemned house and do what she does! ��

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  34. Stairs look fantastic! I know you used Annie Sloan paint on the stairs. Have you ever used Annie Sloan paint on a piece of furniture? I just started painting my kitchen table, and it looks very streaky. I think it will require 3-4 coats. What has your experience been? If you haven't used Annie Sloan paint on furniture, is there a brand/process you would recommend?

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  35. What a wonderful reno!! I am totally saving your photos if that's fine for future reference! Thanks for sharing this!

    The Old Soul <3

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  36. What a great job, really nice and i guess removing and fixing spindles is not an easy job...but u did it :)
    Now stairs look pretty...the small wooden bench kept near the stairs really not looks good it looks very old...pls do some magic on that also :)

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  37. Really smart work...after renovation the stairway looks unbelievable...i inspired...

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  38. I like this a lot and I'm ready to jump in and cut into my half wall now!

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