Thursday, January 01, 2009

Stair Redo

Christmas break always finds me feeling compelled to do *something* noticeable around the house--not just clean up the Christmas decorations, although that is noticeable! It just wouldn't feel right going back to school without unloading/investing another huge dose of creativity into The Boxmoor!

The stairs--all 17 of them got a facelift over the last two days! Eventually, I would like to carpet them--I know, at least 62 of you could give me ten reasons why that would be a bad idea, but I am a realist: It's just a matter of time before one of us falls down those things! And they cannot be refinished because of the condition. So until we can add the padding for the inevitable fall, what better place to use up that leftover wrapping paper that I loved!

I'm considering wall words or numbers on the black backs. Kelly and I have had a lot of discussions, but nothing has been *it* so far. Any opinions?
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during


17 comments:

The Nester said...

LOVE IT!

Now tell me, what did you actually do to get it like this? Is it paint? Paper, a mirage?

Can't wait to meet you and your daughter at blissdom! Love your header photo--ahh, we would be good friends in real life!

Candace C said...

Love it, Denise!! (and can't believe you're getting to meet Nester, LOL!)

Did you use modge podge? I'm curious also!

Happy New Year!

Denise said...

It is wrapping paper and decoupage stuff. I don't prefer Mod Podge. Actually a few steps I did get desperate--when I ran out of decoupage stuff and not one store in this town carried it--and used watered down Elmer's glue. They all have top coats of glossy Collage Pauge. That stuff was great on the top, but not so much for the gluing on to begin with--absolutely no give. It was stuck--really stuck!

Yes, I thought I died and went to heaven when I saw a post from THE Nester! I so would love to be friends in real life!

BTW, did you notice the flying boy in the header? So many missed him! :)

edie said...

Oh am I Johnny-come-lately to all this good news and fun projects! I am so excited (and can hardly believe) you girls signed up to go!!!!! You are welcome to stay with Leigh Ann and I. It'll be so much fun. And how fun that Nester loves your project too. It turned out beautiful!

Jennifer Unsell said...

That is just beautiful!! You and Kelly amaze me with your creative ideas!

Living with Lindsay said...

That is gorgeous!!!!! Now, I wish my stairs WEREN'T carpeted!

Sandy Toes said...

Wow..that is amazing..how is that!
-sandy toe

Cary said...

How did you do it? It's fantastic!

Kara said...

Wow, that looks gorgeous! Such a dramatic difference!

Carla said...

Very cool. Followed a link from Kimba's site, and I'm glad I did. I have been wanting to redo our wood stairs for years, but never had any good ideas. I'm not sure I'm creative enough for the paper, but I love the paint.

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

I absolutely love the staircase, but as much as I like the black paint in between, I like the white even better! Sorry, love the black too, but the paper really pops off the contrasting white back walls. This might be exactly what I need on my stairs to our basement. I have always wanted to paint our pet's names on the backs of the steps. (only in the basement) Something fun and whimsical, just another reminder of the pets we have lost, and the ones we will hopefully have for a long time to come. Beautiful job!
~Misti

Tanya said...

oh my goodness love those stairs!

Deb said...

What an amazing transformation. I would have never thought of doing that. Great, great idea. Oh, and for the record, I hate my carpeted stairs. I'd kill to have mine just wood.

Ilena said...

Fantastic stairs!

Jill @ Live Laugh Blog said...

I sell uppercase living - and I had a customer do this and put the different names of God on the risers. It was super super cute!

Anna Maria Junus said...

Those stairs are gorgeous! Don't get carpeting, wood is so much better. Besides, carpeting would be so boring after this.

Is the paper holding up?

Ellen said...

I finally did this. Thought about it before I even saw your blog, but you inspired me to tone it down by doing every other step! Thanks!!