Friday, June 26, 2015

Our Staircase: Reno Series Vol. 3

Greetings and happy Friday!

Today I'm continuing our Renovation Series, i.e.  the never-ending project that is our house. Luckily we have made a lot of progress, even just over the past few months.

Other than the kitchen, the renovation of our staircase probably makes the second biggest difference in the overall appearance of the home. The stairs are the first thing you see when you walk in, and they were bad. The spindles were thick and far apart, Cooper could fit right between them and there were gaps between each stair. Super safe. The carpet was brown shag. Need I say more?

As I began research on how to remedy our situation, I was surprised to find that I could literally, replace our staircase; my husband was thrilled! And that's what we did. Take a look at the before and after pictures:

Right when you walked in the front door BEFORE:
BEFORE view from office:
AFTER view:
Who's sad I didn't keep the lovely yellow paint? 

I love the end-result, regardless of the huge headache it was doing this project while living in the house with a toddler and a newborn. Chew on that for a bit.

Paint colors used:
Benjamin Moore Clay Beige (Walls) - Note: we darkened the paint 50% because we have a ton of natural light come in the front of the house.  
Benjamin Moore Alabaster (Trim/stair spindles and risers).  

Here are 5 sources of some of what you saw in the pictures:

Thanks for stopping by! We have a few more projects to do around the house, but in the meantime, I am just trying to finish one room at at a time in - I'll share pictures as I complete them.

You can check out other posts in my Renovation Series here (the kitchen reno) and here (the simple front door reno).

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Your house looks beautiful!

    1. Thank you! It has been a labor of love that is for SURE! -Lauren

  2. Hey lady! I stumbled upon your blog from Family and the Lake house, as I love reading about successful and inspiring DIY projects. Your staircase looks amazing! It totally opened up that space, and I can just imagine how much fun your kiddies will have sliding down the stairs, or playing with their superhero like toys on them. Those rails are also going to be perfect to decorate for the holidays! xo

    1. I'm so glad Stephanie! Thanks so much, they have made a huge difference! My husband has told me they will try to jump from one level to the other or swing from the chandelier at least once in their lives, dear gosh.

  3. Wow what an amazing change! It looks fantastic! How long did it take?

    1. Hi Laura! You know, not that long - probably about 3 weeks from beginning to end. Maybe an extra week to paint the risers white. It took them one day to tear the stairs apart, so fast!

  4. Wow!! What a serious difference, it honestly looks like a different house! And thank you for providing the source for the paintings, I was just going to ask you where those were from :)

    1. Right? And those paintings, I LOVE THEM!


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