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!
I would have never considered painting a stairway before reading this tutorial. Now I want to move into a two story house so I can recreate this look.
By their nature, staircases are faux piano keys just waiting to happen. Doing so couldn't be any easier. My 'supplies list' would include black and white paint, painter's
...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.
Here's your pat stairway in new construction. Beige, brown, white, bleh! Nothing that stands out, right? Whether it was an impulsive move or well thought out, this was one bold move in my opinion.
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...
Give me a spiral staircase and, if I have my camera in hand, you can be assured I'll take a picture of it from above. I think it's because, from that vantage point, they transform into abstract works of art. Also, there's a serious ‘whoa’ factor when you bend over that railing.
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.
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
What do you get when you cross a staircase with a cabinet and a room divider? A Green Tea Design step chest. According to the website, they are adaptable in that "each step chest is really three pieces, so you can play around with different configurations as the need or mood takes you." Green Tea also allows you to pick your stain and hardware too.
No entryway in your home? Plop one of these down next to the front door and not only will you have...