Sometimes enough is enough. That’s what happened one day when Brooks was totally in the middle of another project. Our bathroom was torn up and awaiting a makeover and Brooks had had all he could stand of the stained, dirty carpet on our stairs. He stopped what he was doing and pulled the carpet off the stairs. He had no plan after that. He just mentally needed to get the dirty carpet pulled out and then ponder his next move. Lucky for him, I had been stalking Pinterest for months formulating a plan for the stairs. I was in love with the idea of a painted stairway.
Our best design work together comes from our mutual collaboration. Unfortunately, we butt heads ALOT!!!!!! All of you women out there who wish your husband would take some initiative to fix up your home, beware of what you wish for. We have had many, many, many disagreements about the way a room should be designed. He likes shiny, fancy and blingy. I like simple, distressed and cottage-y. Luckily, our direction on this project was on the same page and we both contributed some great ideas. My idea was to have a painted runner down the middle. Brooks’ idea was to have a different name for Jesus for each of the stair treads. I think it turned out great and it really fits in with the rest of our house.
Here’s how we did it. (When I say “we”, I always mean “he” by the way). First, he ripped up the carpet. That part took about an hour. Then it took about another three hours to pull up the one million carpet tacks. Then he sanded a few areas to smooth it out. Next he applied two coats of Sherwin Williams Porch & Floor Enamel in 7035 Aesthetic White. He let that dry over night. Then with his handy dandy yard stick he measured and taped off the area that would be the painted runner. This took a couple of hours to layout and tape off. Next he painted the runner with Sherwin Williams Porch & Floor Paint in 6312 Halcyon Green. He let that dry overnight and pulled up the tape. We ordered the vinyl letters from Word Candy Vinyl on Etsy. It was only $25 for all 13 vinyl decals. He applied the vinyl, painted the stairwell walls in Sherwin Williams 7043 Worldly Grey, painted the bannister in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite and we were done. Now to find some art for the long walk up/down the stairs. You can bet I’ll be looking to Pinterest for my inspiration.
If you’d like to see a stairway transformation in your home and you live in the Nashville, TN area. We’d love to talk to you. You can contact us at 615-500-1517 or fill out the form here.