So have I told you why I bought this house? It was the land – a beautiful patch of 3ish acres in a wicked private setting with tons and tons of gardens. Bliss! But the house – eh. It was cute, but there were problems with it. The previous owners took it a LONG way from what it was (I promise to tell you that story later) but I had wild ambitious plans for the house – after all, you can fix the house, but you can’t fix the location, right?
Ha! How young and naive I was.
That should be: if you have a million dollars and a saint for a husband you can fix the house. I have neither (sorry honey).
One of the things I HATED THE MOST was the staircase. It was boxed in, ugly and felt like a laundry chute. Here’s a little look at what it was like:
Do you not LOVE that handrail? Eeewwww.
You are too kind…
For a while I lived with it. I even used the stair wall behind that lovely handrail to create a funky bookcase display in the dining room -turned entry room:
But that was like putting lipstick on a pig. So this year I decided that we’d bite the bullet and fix it.
So I took down the shelves and got started. Here’s the wall without the shelves – this is looking thru the dining room from the kitchen doorway:
And we decided to get hacking:
And after finding out how to do a sort-of board and batten technique at Centsational Girl (have I told you how much I love her?) we got to this:
So here it is before:
Aaaand here it is after:
Tell me that doesn’t rock.
And you see that little wall on the left? That wasn’t there before. We put up that wall and turned the dining room-turned entry room into a mudroom and created a hallway. The fun never ends.
So today I’m loving my newly renovated stair. I’m just showing you one side of it – the most dramaaaatic side. I also opened up a wee bit of the other side of the stair and took down a wall at the top of the stair and added a railing.
So let’s wrap this up… here’s the hideous funhouse staircase before:
And here it is after:
Cool, huh? I’m loving it.
See the crazy stair paint? That is because we’re running a Dash and Albert runner up those stairs next month… And because everyone in my life is a comedian, the color scheme has us calling this the s’mores stair. See?
So one more time for the big dramatic BEFORE and AFTER. Here’s the icky before looking into the hall from the living room:
And here is the same shot AFTER! Yay!
Now it is the big hall and the mudroom. Promise to let you in on that fun later…
Pardon the Trader Joe’s bag and the socks on the floor. That’s just the way my house looks aaalll the time.
So now the house is coming along and the gardens are full of weeds. Can’t have everything, right? But I’m happy with the way this is coming along. Don’t ask about the family room. That’s still unfinished after five years. But that’s a story for another time…
November 2012: Want to see an update on this space and how the mudroom turned out? Click here!