I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! I know this particular holiday can be bitter sweet for some, remembering mothers or children they have lost or never knew or had. But I hope some joy could be found, even for those who are mourning.
I celebrated mother’s day by being a mom/wife…cooking pancakes for the boys, making one of Jeff’s favorite meals for an early dinner, supervising chores and Nerf wars, cleaning the house, and yes, even doing some laundry. I received a button necklace made with only blue and green buttons and white beads. I was also given a bouquet of white roses, a card with a singing cat, and a piece of my favorite lemon cake. And I was given some quiet time to paint in my studio. All around, a pretty nice day.
So, today I’m sharing about some more plans I have…
One of the things I love about this house is the staircase. I have always wanted “back stairs” in a house since I was a child. Remember the “cool” sitcom houses, like on The Cosby Show and Full House. They both had back stairs in the kitchen. I thought every truly cool house had back stairs. I never thought I would find them in a suburban home in Minnesota, though.
While this isn’t truly a separate back staircase, it completely met that fanciful childhood dream.
I also love the front stairs and how they are such a beautiful focal point in the foyer.
I have to confess, though…the carpet is a bit of a bummer. Now, in fairness, it is practical and safe. It cushions slips and falls and feels nice underfoot. It really doesn’t even look that bad. It is, however, a royal paint to keep clean. Even though we generally don’t wear shoes in the house, they accumulate dog hair, sock fuzz, dust, fluff, lint, etc. Even after a thorough vacuuming, they don’t look completely clean. The edges are covered in pilled fibers and the creases hold the tinge of 14 years of dust.
There have been several times I have had an intense urge to just rip them out. A level head prevailed, though, and I knew it would be a mistake to rip them out without Jeff on board and some sort of a plan.
I approached Jeff one afternoon with, “So, I’ve been thinking about a project for the house…” I pitched my idea of ripping out the carpet, painting the steps, and adding a runner. To my surprise, he actually gave me the green light. I think it helped that he had to vacuum the steps on one occasion when my back was hurting. He hated the chore as much as I did and I welcomed him into my world of disliking this plush carpet on these particular steps.
So, here is the plan…
I’m going to rip up the carpet to see what we’re dealing with. I am about 99% sure it’s just unfinished wood under the carpet. I am also pretty sure the trim under the tread doesn’t run all the way across each step. So, I’ll add trim and paint the treads Coventry Gray and the risers white and then add a stair runner. Something along these lines…
(Photo source – Our Storied Home)
I installed stair runner in our last house (tutorial is here) and it held up well, so I am confident this is a doable DIY project for me.
I do have a landing with stairs off of two sides, so that might just be left painted and I’ll add the runners just to each length of stairs. That would actually work well, because I would most likely only need to use one runner on each section. Also, Sebastian likes to lay on the landing and that would get covered in dog hair regularly.
For the runner itself, I’m considering something like this neutral indoor/outdoor rug from Dash & Albert…
I like that it comes in 12′ and 18′ lengths, which means less cutting and splicing. As I said above, I think I could get away with just one runner per section, which would mean no splicing.
It’ll be a big project, but one that will make a huge difference in customizing this home to our tastes.
I have promised Jeff that I will finish other projects, like painting the trim, sewing projects, etc., before I get started on this one. It’s probably smart to wait until the foyer is painted as well and we’re going to get a quote on replacing the tile in the entry/powder room. This is one of those cases where one thing affects another and it’s better to be patient and do it in an order that makes sense instead of rushing ahead and regretting it later.
Anyway, it’s good motivation for me to work on my to-do list and a good opportunity to practice patience.
I’ll have to remember that the next time I get the urge to rip that carpet out with my bare hands…