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House Update: Staircase/Entry

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

In June we worked on two different house projects - the staircase/entry and the powder bathroom (which I'll post about tomorrow). As a recap, this is what our entry looked like when we bought it:

So much beige. I hated it!

This is what our entry looked like at the beginning of June. The other thing that bothered me about the entry was that the wood on the stairs did not even closely match the wood floors.

I decided to attempt gel staining the stairs, so they would blend in better with the stairs. Gel staining is much easier than regular staining because you only have to lightly sand the wood, instead of stripping it completely. The stain is also very thick, so it's not that messy and doesn't splatter everywhere.

 My dad pulled out the spindles. I had read online that it was easy to remove spindles, but I couldn't figure out how to do it. I asked my dad and he just popped them out. There were two spindles left because those wouldn't come out.

 On the left side is the hand rail, which was removed to paint the wall.


 I decided I was pretty happy with the results after 2 coats. It's not perfect, but I think it blends better with the floors.



I really wanted the stairwell painted before the 4th of July. For months we've had the hand rail just sitting on the stairs, not attached to the walls. Sam's family was going to be visiting, and I thought it was important that the hand rail be installed back on the wall. It didn't seem safe to have guests going up and down the stairs without the hand rail.
 The entry had only been painted up to the staircase. I didn't know how we were going to paint the staircase since it's two stories. I was pretty sure we would have to hire someone to do that. 

 Sam came up with DIY scaffolding. Our ladder (which is made to go on stairs) went on one end, a step ladder was on the other end, and a board went in between the two ladders.

Sam did the edging and then my dad rolled the walls. It only took them a couple hours.

 My sister, Stephanie, had given me this green light fixture a couple months ago, and I really wanted to hang it in the stairwell. Sam hates it, but I think it's beautiful!


the quarter round is that light beige piece at the bottom of the stairs

I stained the quarter round. It was flexible and stainable and the floor guys left it for us.

 After: all done!

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