Ever since we moved into our house two years ago, I've wanted to add a runner to our stairs. They're really slippery, and they're also just really boring. So I decided to install a runner myself. And here's what I found out.
Nasty, commercial-style carpet wasn't exactly what this DIY-er called "homey". So, with a few tools and a bunch of sweat, she turned this previously carpeted staircase into a shining entry focal point -- and all for $60!
There are tons of ways to update a set of stairs. There's paint, wood stain, carpet, and my new favorite, strips of fabric! Check out the finished product for this stairwell makeover!
My girl Modhomeecteacher shared some pics of 10 architecturally wonderous staircases a few weeks back. Here are 6 more that'll knock your socks off.
...Or melt your face. Either one.
So, we live in a townhome right now that is covered with really awesome wall-to-wall carpeting. And by "awesome" I mean "nasty". We have a staircase that's covered in this unfortunate material as well, and I've always wanted to rip it up and see what's going on under there. In my fantasy world, it would be lovely wood in need of some minor sprucing up, which I could then go buck wild on with some colorful paint.
Tear off the carpet and get busy. There's no end to the design possibilities for a bare wood stairway. Here are four easy (and I mean EASY) ideas to jazz up your stairway.
When the floors are filled, the walls covered, and the closets brimming then, my friends, look to the space under the stairs. DIYLife has collected three clever options to squeeze some extra storage out of your existing space. "The area beneath your stairs is a common household dead zone, but it's actually the perfect place to stash your stuff...." Provided, of course, there's not another staircase under it. :)
Project 1: Under-the-Stairs...
Domino has a great tutorial on how to add significant impact to a ho-hum staircase by painting a faux runner down the center of the stairs. In four steps, which include creating a well-prepared base, painting the runner, adding a border and then sealing, you’ll have a faux carpet that looks great and will be much easier to keep clean than a no-faux carpet.
Oobject has gathered twelves glass staircases that'll blow your mind. From a cantilevered case in the UK, to a "stairway to heaven" that goes nowhere, the ten minutes to check this out is truly worth your time.
Architects Christopher and Judith Levine have created a staircase to seem to float is space. DIY able? Only with a very good building engineer by my side! Stunning, nevertheless. Via Treehugger. Photos by Loana Marinescu
With a press of a button–and some hydraulic pistons–this staircase folds up and disappears into the wall! Aaron Tang’s “Wall Stairs” save space and prevent guests from wandering into your private regions. Via.
These intriguing stairs are from a house from Všenory in the Czech Republic. The alternating tread design employs storage and seems like it'd be easier to walk up than traditional stairs.
See more photos of the house at Archiweb.cz