painting the stairs {part 2: the finished product}

Monday, April 21, 2014

before and after: brown stairs painted black. paintthebarnred.com

This post is a continuation of my previous post, painting the stairs {part 1: the taupe disaster}

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After the terrible taupe disaster of 1973, I ended my strange, yet brief obsession with taupe and moved on. Knowing that any shade of brown was absolutely out of the question now, I began to wonder if black would look nice. With the white stair risers, I knew it would add a really classic, elegant pop to the staircase that it really deserved.

before and after: brown stairs painted black. paintthebarnred.com

After I painted a small test area, it was decided: the stairs would be black.

I took out my frustrations on the stairs with the sander.

before and after: brown stairs painted black. paintthebarnred.com


{Don't worry, I taped up the stairs after I did all the sanding and after sweeping up all the sanding dust!}

Then I started to paint, which was a tricky situation. I wanted to be sure the paint would fully cure before they got stepped on or used in any way (if you have ever painted your nails, you know that the struggle is real). This meant painting half the stairs at a time which meant having some seriously wonky looking stairs for a few days.


Waiting for two coats of paint to cure over a few days on one half of the staircase before painting the other half : priceless.

But then when the other half was finally painted, it started to look a whole lot better.


The dots of paint roughly in the middle of the tape on each step was a "marker" for me to know where I had left off when I was painting the second half of the stairs. I didn't want to get four coats of paint on the first half of the steps!

And then when all was painted and dry, it was time for the tape to come off!!
Are you ready for some serious before and after action?

BEFORE >


AFTER >

before and after: brown stairs painted black. paintthebarnred.com

BEFORE >


AFTER >

  before and after: brown stairs painted black. paintthebarnred.com

BEFORE >


AFTER >

before and after: brown stairs painted black. paintthebarnred.com

BEFORE >


AFTER >

before and after: brown stairs painted black. paintthebarnred.com

BEFORE >


AFTER >

before and after: brown stairs painted black. paintthebarnred.com

 BEFORE >

 
AFTER >

before and after: brown stairs painted black. paintthebarnred.com

Needless to say, we like the black stair treads much more than the brown-that-couldn't-possibly-be-any-browner that was on the steps before. In fact, I'd say we love how it looks now. I don't know what kind of paint was used on the steps originally, but we used a cabinet and trim paint formula in a high gloss finish for high durability. I finished this project a few months ago and so far everything with the paint is holding up great! 

And now it's bonus picture time for your eyeballs:

before and after: brown stairs painted black. paintthebarnred.com

A larger look at the hallway upstairs: Our family room is upstairs and has this great open banister. Currently though, we have our "family room" downstairs because the upstairs room still needs to be carpeted and is currently where all the stuff goes when we're painting a room. It's kind of a big mess. 
But we're working on it! 

The door you see with the blue showing through is our guest room. (Follow the link to see how I redid the paint in that bedroom if you haven't seen it already!) And yes, that door is an old office door, like the kind you see in cartoons when the character goes to see a "private eye" haha. All the doors in our house are that old office door style! I love them! They have the old skeleton key hole style locks and everything. They are real vintage doors that are several decades old. I would love to know how old they are but I'm no expert so it's hard to know for sure. I'm guessing they could be up to 100 years old! Speaking of our old doors, two of the three bathroom doors in our house were once the bathroom doors in a restaurant and they still have the words "Men" and "Women" painted on them. 
I'm not kidding when I say our house was handmade!

window shutters rustic barn style

Bonus picture time part two:
This is the window above the staircase. I love the shutters on them.
Now you're probably wondering if I've fallen off the wagon and hit my head a few times on the way down, because, "there is definitely only one shutter up there, Marlyssa". When we painted the main color of the interior of the house, the shutters had to be taken off. In the process, one of the wood pieces that is screwed to the wall and holds the shutter up cracked in half. So we have to make a new piece and get the ladder out and have it propped up in an upside down  L shape along the stair landing and have it laid out like scaffolding--with the other end of the ladder sitting underneath the banister in the upstairs family room. Then we can put the other shutter back up and have that window back to looking all darling and pretty again. (By "we" I definitely only mean Jason because: heights and wobbly ladders.)

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It's always amazing to me to go back and see the before pictures and compare them to how everything looks now and thinking, "I did that!" I'm not a professional and I'm by no means perfect at painting, but It feels awesome knowing I did it all by myself and it turned out great! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and scrolling through the plethora of pictures, haha. I will get some more posts up soon of some other projects we've been working on too! (:


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