Again, thanks for the great response to my 100 Followers Giveaway! I will be having more that involve custom painting, so don’t be too disappointed if you don’t win. I have picked 11 of my favorite ideas and I’m going to pair it down to 6. Once it’s narrowed down to 6, it’s all up to chance and the roll of the dice. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow! Until then, here are some more before & after pictures of my house. Make sure you check out the slide show at the bottom of the page. I’ve added a few more pictures!
These were pictures we took of the staircase in our current home during the home inspection. The stairway was dingy, dark, and cluttered. In addition there was this bazaar window to the attic that use to let in light, but now it’s just weird. Doesn’t everyone want a view of rafters, studs, and insulation? And the lacy curtains are a nice touch! One great thing about this house is that the people who lived here had not done a thing to the original 1940′s detail. Much to the dismay of wood lovers in my family, I chose to paint the trim white. I have seen Candace Olsen do it a few times, so how could that be the wrong choice?
And here is how it looks now. I painted the walls a soft beige color by Sherwin Williams called Maison Blanche and the trim in an off white. I knew I didn’t want to paint the entire staircase, so I chose to paint only the risers, leaving the treads a natural wood. I used a potrack from Ikea to hang an antique crazy quilt over the awkward window. Now, you don’t even know it’s there. I then added a subtle painted detail. This is very simple decorative painting and could even be done with a stecil. Painting the risers and trim white made the space seem so much brighter. I would recommend this treatment to anyone with the dark & dingy stairway blues.
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