Our staircase is finished and it’s one of my favorite makeovers to date! Well, it’s hard to say that because we’ve done so many things to this house that have customized it to our liking, but this staircase is a central feature in the home and it’s nice to have it looking so timeless and beautiful.
Originally, I thought the foyer would be one of the last projects we would tackle. I mean, it’s not a “real room”, so why spend the time and money on it? But as we lived in the house, I realized how important that space was. It connects all of the other spaces on the first and even second floor and having it undone made the house feel a little disjointed. So, we bumped it up the priority list. The plan was to hire out the painting (since I don’t do tall ladders), hire out the demo and laying of the tile (since that was a pretty big job with a lot of unknowns) and redo the stairs ourselves. We were hoping they could simply be painted and we would add a runner to finish them off.
Once we started ripping up the carpet, though, we realized it wouldn’t be that simple. In short, a patchwork of particle board and exposed solid wood (under the spindles) meant that we were in over our DIY heads. We either needed to have carpet reinstalled or have the staircase rebuilt professionally in hardwood. We didn’t want to spend money on something we wouldn’t like and would end up likely redoing a few years down the road, so we lived with particle board steps for a while, saved up, and invested in doing it right the first time.
And I’m so glad we did! It looks amazing!
We also had the slate floors installed and they completely changed the look of the foyer.
The way the foyer looked wasn’t bad, but it was just very cream and beige without much personality. This beautiful space and unique staircase weren’t making the kind of statement they had the potential to make.
Of course, we continued the wood down the “back stairs” as well. Here is how they look now…
…and how they looked before…
Here are a bunch of after & before pictures of the foyer and stairs, so you can see how much they have changed! As you can see, the bones remained the same, but we made cosmetic changes that completed transformed the look and feel of the space…
I know a couple of those pictures are crooked and some of you are going to want to reach through the screen and fix them. I assure you that they are straight now and I will be putting some sticky-back velcro under some of them now that all of the work is done.
Such a difference, right? I walk through our foyer and up and down those stairs multiple times a day and I’m glad that we put time, energy, and money into giving them a classic, timeless look.
Since we’ve made a lot of progress on the first floor of our house, I decided it was a good time to film a video tour, so you can see how the rooms flow together. It was fun for me to see our home on film and recognize how much work we’ve done so far and how it’s all coming together!
It also made me realize even more how thankful I am that we live in such a beautiful home. It wasn’t the 100-year-old farmhouse that my heart was set on when we first started house-hunting, but it’s the absolute perfect home for us right now and I fall more in love with it with each customization.
Enjoy the tour (and Sebastian, the welcome wagon)…