Sunday, April 3, 2011

"S" is for Stairs #2

Basement stairs makeover.


I just had to paint a runner on these stairs.


They lead from the kitchen, which was just refinished, to the basement which is semi-finished.

And here's the finished steps looking from the basement:


Does it make you want to sing "Oh my starry eyed surprise."


The wood was already very distressed (the house is 60 years old) which made painting easy because I didn't need to be perfect.  I wanted a rustic, rough, worn feel.


Here's the before.
 
The kitchen is all new and fresh and you open the basement door to this?  Something had to change.


This eyesore was driving me crazy.
Little red carpet pads, mismatched railings with brassy hardware and knicked up risers.
A before view from the bottom:



Perfectly utilitarian, acceptable but not attractive.

Now they're so beautiful I want to keep the door open all the time!


Here's how I made over the stairs:

1. Removed carpet pads and tacks.  Sanded with 120 grit on the mouse sander.
2. Painted risers (semi gloss white) about 1/3 in from outer edges plus trim on right.
3. Drew "stripes" with pen right onto steps and risers:


4. Painted white stripes first:


5. Then red (Behr floor paint ), then blue (Behr floor paint lake view):


6. The risers got a second coat of red and blue.  Then traced star and painted white.



7. Sanded to distress.
8. Taped off edge of white stripes on risers:


9. Applied one coat stain Minwax antique brown.
10. Applied three coats clear satin poly to seal.
* Step 9 & 10 only apply to steps and painted runner part on riser.  Don't stain or poly the white part of riser.


11. Paint white part of riser one last coat.


A bit patriotic, a bit nautical, fun for the kids and a bit unexpected when you open the basement door.

More detail shots:





Before and after from the top:

 

From the bottom:


Up next - board and battan on the left wall.


Now I'm definitely painting the subfloors in the master bedroom, just have to convince hubby to sleep downstairs for however long it takes!

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60 comments:

mapleandmagnolia.com said...

These are BRILLIANT. What a clever idea! :)

Sweet Little Smoothie said...

Those stairs are beautiful!! What a fun bit of whimsy in an unexpected place! Thanks for sharing :)

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Wow! That is a BIG job! They look wonderful! (I hope you're taking a rest this week-end :)

Beth said...

Love it, wish I had your energy.

BeingBrook said...

Holy Heck Jaime the stairs look fantastic!! I bet you smile every time you have to go downstairs! Can't wait to see what you do with your bedroom floor.

The DIY Show Off said...

Oh my goodness, Jaime! You took an un-noticeable/overlooked space and made a HUGE statement. It's so pretty and so fun. I love it!

Thanks so much for sharing at the DIY party! ;)

Roeshel

emilysnan said...

hiya jamie , another great project , very patriotic x tfs
xmaggiex

Annie Louise said...

Oh my goodness--your projects are fantastic!!!!! I just became a follower of your wonderful/informative blog. Thank you so much for giving instructions on how to achieve these looks. Your stairs look fabulous!!
Have a great week,
Jeanette

Patti said...

Genious!! Love this and want you to come to my house and do the same!!

Just Bonkers said...

Omg, I wish my house had stairs!!

All That Glitters said...

Wow!!! Those are amazing!!!

Jamie said...

WOW! Those are gorgeous. I would love for you to share it on More The Merrier Monday's Link Party!!

http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

Madigan at madiganmade said...

Wow. I am amazed by these stairs! They are so fun and unexpected. Love!

pinktoesandpowertools said...

Love love love your stairs! I don't know how you keep one upping the last thing I love that you have done, but somehow you do :)

Your stairs are fantastic!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Wow! Those are definitely fun! I love it!

So you didn't tape anything off?

Brooke said...

Your stairs are awesome!! Hey I linked to you today in my post- I wrote about wrapping things in jute and I had to show your adorable pears- love them!!
http://inside-outdesign.blogspot.com/2011/04/wrapped-in-jute.html

A Vintage Vine said...

Love them!! I re carpeted a few yrs ago and I am so bummed I did not try something like this first!!! Yours look so good!!! Hard work but so worth it!!!!

Alexson said...

Oh snap. I just posted by own whole-basement before and afters on some linky parties and thought my stairs were great. Seeing yours, I'm starting to think about adding one more thing to my to-do list :)

Lacey said...

Oh wow!.. you are an inspiration!.. what a ginormous undertaking!.. its looks amazing!..

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a great look!

Finding Home said...

Love! Really fun and well done.

Carmella said...

Wow!
New follower and I just spent over 30 minutes running all over your blog like a kid in a candy store! Great ideas, your talent amazes me!
I am new to the blogging world, I would love it if you gave my blog a look, you know, when your not painting stairs :)

creativecarmella.blogspot.com

Judy said...

That turned out amazing! I never would have thought of making stairs so beautiful and can't blame you for wanting to leave the door open :)

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Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

awesome job! what an undertaking...i bet this was lot's of work, but so worth it...i love it!!

Tonya said...

This turned out just beautiful! Love the distressed look!!

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

WOW! This is amazing! Stairs become art!
I would LOVE to have you link up to my PARTY! WHASSUP WEDNESDAY!!

And I have a party button you can grab and put on your blog so your friends can come too:)




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xoxokara

gina3 said...

I LOVE this!!!! We hope to redo our stairs this summer and this gives me ideas! Awesome job!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Jaime, this stairs project is sooo beautiful! Great job. Thanks for sharing this at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

Curtains In My Tree said...

That is fabulous !!!!!!!

I know it was very time cosuming but the results was like I said fabulous love it

There is no other colors so pretty together as Red White and Blue

Robin said...

Those are GORGEOuS!!! you did a great job!

Amy Gilman and Emily Lee (Sisters of the Wild West) said...

SPECTACULAR!! Love it. super cool! i am a new follower.
Amy
www.SistersoftheWildWest.blogspot.com

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Supurb! Such a creative gal. I love the Americana look. There is a house nearby us that has the outside of their home painted in a simular way. Someday I must get a picture of it and post it. It really is striking.
It's nice to meet you.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Kim said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE...I want to rip my ugly stained carpet off of my stairs and do this! I would totally want to keep the door open and look at them all day too! Good Job!

Kim
www.kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What an improvement!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

I just love it! Your stairs look absolutely amazing! Wonderful job! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :) Sharing these on FB today! :)

laxsupermom said...

Wow! Love your painted runner! Your stairs look amazing! Thanks for sharing.

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

That looks absolutely fantastic!!! I love the worn look. It adds so much character. Brilliant idea...wonderful execution.

Sommer said...

AWESOME! I want some of these going to my basement. Too bad I'm a renter for the time being lol. You have my button but your not linked up yet ;P

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

OK, that is so darn cute that I want my husband to either dig me a basement or add on a second story... just so I can try this too!

taidyeoriginal said...

beautiful job!

~tai @ http://taidyeoriginal.blogspot.com

Tiff said...

Your stairs look so amazing!!! You did a fantastic job! I really want to attack my stairs now! X

Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE. so impressed and in love. saw you on tatertots and jello.

your new follower,
kathryn
thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

Jayna Rae said...

Those look phenomenal. Gotta love some good Americana.

Nike said...

Absolutely beautiful!! I am in LOVE with the end result. Wow ...

Jason and Danielle said...

I love these!!

The Hopeless Romantic said...

They really make me wish that my home had stairs, lol. They look great! Real Americana!.......Bonnie

Rachael said...

Wow these look awesome!! I hope you'll link up to my party going on now. http://www.lovelycraftyhome.com

Ashley said...

Love this! What a transformation. It looks beautifull!

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

I love the way the stairs look!!!
What a great job!!!!

dogsmom said...

Wonderful job. I have been trying to convince the man we need a change like this. Maybe by the turn of the next decade...

Biz said...

Oh my oh my! If I weren't a military spouse and we weren't going to move every few years AND I owned a home I would totally steal this beautiful idea from you! My livingroom is Americana and I LOVE how your stairs turned out.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

those look awesome!!! all that work paid off!

Cheryl said...

Love the stairs! They really invite you down to the next level now and look great when you look up the stairs as well. GREAT JOB!

EllaBoo and Co. said...

Hi Jaime,

I wanted you to know that you inspired me to paint my stairs too - these are mine - http://ellabooandcompany.blogspot.com/2011/05/new-life-for-tired-staircase.html

I am saving the stars idea for my back staircase - thank you for all your inspiring ideas!

House Revivals said...

Wow! This is gorgeous! Looks wonderful.
~Amanda

Paula said...

What an improvement! This is such a fun look.

MomofAJ said...

The stairs came out great!

Leasa said...

Absolutely amazing. What a great job you did. It makes me wish I had stairs to paint like that.

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

AWESOME!!! I'm totally adding it to my pinterest. This is absolutely beautiful!

Stitch a Wish Designs said...

Love this! We have numbered stairs ~ this is way cooler!