Well I am about 97% done with this project . I know I know, false advertisement right?
Still I’m bursting at the seams to show you what it looks like. I feel like you guys have been more than patient with me and this project and you deserve to see how it’s come along.
Here is an image of what I started with…
Now once upon a time (more like 3 months ago) my stairs looked like this… This was after I painted the stripes in the entryway and painted the once burgundy wall gray.
After countless hours chipping away at this project it now looks like this….
And from another angle… Used to look like this……
And now looks like this……
I was really bummed when I could not open up that wall along the staircase like I wanted to so I had to find a way to pretty up that long blank space. Board & Batten (or Recessed Panels) were the answer.
I wanted to go darker on the gray paint but I was afraid that it would darken up the space too much.
I don’t care for the sheen of the white paint. I started off with satin which is my go to but it looked like flat paint. I panicked and gave semi-gloss a try. It is too glossy. I later found out that the satin paint I used wasn’t satin, but was eggshell in the wrong can. I don’t have the energy to repaint right now but down the line, I will prime and then repaint with the satin finish that I love.
Getting the angle just right on those plaster walls was a real challenge but all the patience and temper tantrums have paid off.
Do you see those awesome balusters????
Yes those ones above.
I built those from 2×2 lumber using my precision carpentry skills :-), a protractor and a miter saw. I wanted them to mimic the board and batten pattern as well as my inspiration photo.
I also salvaged the rail by stripping the paint, sanding down to bare wood and staining. It saved me $40 because its solid oak.
Ignore the unfinished post cap that I am still in the middle of staining.
I AM ABSOLUTELY HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE WITH THE FINISH ON THE STAIRS. They are like the whipped cream in my coffee or the hot sauce on my chicken wings.
They came out just as I’d envisioned. These babies were covered up for about six weeks. I didn’t want to risk getting one drip of white paint on them or severely scratching them up during the install of the board & batten.
I got a lot of practice using the jigsaw. It paid off cause I was able to get the perfect fit around the bottom stair for the base of the newel post.
here is a shot of the entire staircase looking down from upstairs.
And once again the final product.
I still have a tiny to-do list
- Finish installing the newel post cap on the top post.
- Add a handrail to the left side of the staircase so that little ones can make it up and down safely.
- Seal the freshly stained handrail and newel post cap with polyurethane.
- Decorate the wall with art and photographs in some really cool frames.
- Put down carpet treads on each stair for better wear-ability.
I’m thinking of having one of my photographs from Hawaii framed along with some shots of my family.
I’m sure you are dying to know how I did it so I will be back with more in-depth details on the whole process, I just couldn’t keep this to myself any longer.
So what do you think? Was it worth almost three months of hard labor? Im happy to check something else off of my Home Goals List for 2013.
P.S. I’ve started another project that I am about 40% done with. Check back to see what it is. Also you can follow me on Instagram or Facebook by clicking on the icons on the top of the page (browser only).