Staircase Revamp

by | Sep 27, 2009 | Miscellaneus | 33 comments

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.

I’m posting this to Shades of Pink’s link party. Check it out!


  1. Dresser Girl

    LOVE IT!! I love how airy and light it looks now. GREAT JOB!!

  2. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions

    It does look much brighter now! It looked a little dangerous in the before shot with all that stuff on the stairs. Love the detail you did on the stairs. The best thing {and probably least expensive} would be to hang something over that window. I like what you chose ~ it adds some color there.

  3. Summer Rae

    Beautiful. I looks so much brighter now.

  4. Sandy

    Oh Wow, much better. Good Job!

  5. Ticking and Toile

    Staircase looks great! I just pulled up the carpet on my stairs and will be doing the same thing shortly! However, my house was built in 1991 so NO original charm! That's my job!! 😉 Did you use porch paint or a clear finish to protect against scud marks? Love your blog by the way! Love the slipcovers & CANNOT believe you picked up that chandelier for $4!!!! Awesome!!

    Great work!

  6. Funky Junk Interiors

    You never fail to disappoint me now do you? It's all about me after all here. 🙂

    Funny how I'm also working on my staircase. Hey, good topic doncha know!


  7. Jane

    The stairway looks so much brighter!! I love your painted touches!!

  8. Tracey

    WOW, it looks incredible!!!

    🙂 T

  9. Leah

    This post makes me want to run out & buy a 5 gallon bucket of white paint & paint all the wood in my house!

  10. bj

    This is absolutely marvelous. I love the lightness and brightness of it all now. GOOD JOB!!
    I know you like the blue and white windmill pieces and I have some of mine up now. Thought you might like to see it. This set is a little different from my other sets.
    xo bj

  11. Room to Inspire

    The staircase looks great…it is so much brighter. And I love the detail you painted.


  12. Libby Murphy

    Nice addition – really adds to the stairs but isn't too busy.
    You have a great site.
    Happy Twirls

  13. Amber

    I LOVE the stencil!


    Love the simplicity and clean lines of this! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Mary Ellen

    Wow did this lighten the stairway up!!! Love the stencil you used! Now I am wondering what is under my carpet in my stairway. One thing that has kept me from doing anything (besides lack of time!) is I am wondering how much more load it will be in the house- the carpet does seem to keep the noise down.

    I love love your crazy quilt! i have been wanting to make one for ages and have several boxes of velvet for the project!


  16. Fawn

    Looks great! I love the stencil detailing!

  17. Gail

    Great Job! I did the same thing to my stairs and absolutely love it! It makes the biggest difference.


  18. Miss Mustard Seed

    Thanks for the compliments! I just wanted to let everyone know that the stiars were painted freehand, not with a stencil. 🙂

  19. Katherine @ Grass Stains

    What an improvement! It's so much lighter and brighter! Love everything about it, especially the hand-painted accents. I wish I could do that!

  20. Richella

    Wonderful job! Good for you!! This looks great–so very, very much better. Isn't it fun to make such an improvement?

  21. Janet

    I love what you did with the staircase, but I am in awe of the painted furniture on your sidebar…it is just gorgeous.

    Janet @ Housepeepers

  22. Leanne

    That is gorgeous! It looks so much more open now. I love it! What a great transformation. I'm having a giveaway today. Stop by and enter if you get a chance.

  23. nannykim/spindle cottage

    My risers (spelling?) were already painted when I moved in–I did stencil mine too! For years, however, I had a hard time removing scuffs from shoes…I used to paint it out of desperation–nothing worked until I discovered Mr.Clean magic erase (or is it called magic eraser?)–anywhoooo it works like a charm!

  24. Jen

    love your staircase redo, I might try some type of stenciling on the risers…thanks for coming over from kimba's diy!

  25. Anonymous

    Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!


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