I would have to say the stairs has been our proudest project so far. Isn’t that a great “before” picture top left? Complete with water stains. Technically the skylight wasn’t there before, the skylights are actually the very first thing we ever did to the house, so picture what’s there now, but much more dark and depressing! But still, beautiful bones. It took me a while to figure out what I would want done with the stairs, because I knew I wanted carpeted stairs. I just think stairs are so much more fun carpeted, is that weird? The carpet guy said he hardly ever installs carpet on stairs anymore. As a kid, I had twisty stairs a lot like these actually, carpeted, and we played on them constantly, slept on them, the usual.
Anyway, so I wanted carpeted stairs, but not carpet around each individual spoke, like what would have had to happen had we left the stairs as is. I just think that wasn’t very cute, so I thought there has to be some sort of a wooden runner you can install under the spokes, right? I went to Pinterest for some help with a photo to give Derick to go off of, found the perfect one displaying exactly what I was thinking. So Derick (who is a saint) cut off each spoke, cut off the tail end of each stair that was hanging over the edge, installed the wooden runner, built square casings around each pillar in the stairs (five), and then reinstalled the spokes. There’s obviously a lot more detail that went into it, but that’s the basis of it. He had to make sure he cut the stairs right to allow room for the carpet to be installed in the right places, and he also cut two sets of flat wooden runners that got installed (in short little pieces) in between each spoke, one under the railing, and one on top of the wooden casing. (I’m attempting to give detail to whoever would be interested in this sort of project…sorry for the lame instructions.)
And don’t ask me why, but none of my after pictures include the railing. Ha. We have since stained it dark brown and it’s installed and is so perfect…once I feel like taking another round of pictures of the house it will be there. Actually I’ll try and remember to do one tomorrow on Instagram while the sun’s shining in there. I’m at @pamelacolleen (my first and middle name). I’ve actually posted a few more updated pics of the house on there lately.
I can’t forget to mention the part when derick filled nail holes, applied whacks of wood filler, sanded his life away, painted it all (sprayed it) a million times, and then caulked the rest of his life away either. This project seriously probably took two months start to finish working on it in spurts. He started it as soon as our second appraisal of the house was done…we knew the bank would either approve or deny it after that, and we figured we’d start in on another project while we waited. Good thing, because the bank did end up denying that go round, but it took them over a month to do so, so I’m glad we didn’t wait. Funny how the different temperature of the pictures below makes the front door look like completely different colors. The one on the right is true to color, but the one on the left shows the stained-glass windows best. I think we’ve decided to just re-finish the front door, and get new glass that will let more light in (that isn’t orange).
And then there’s the woodworking on the walls…sigh. I’m so very in love with it. I really didn’t want to do the usual wainscotting that goes diagonally up the stairs, I am weird, I admit it, but I REALLY like right angles. Not diagonals and 45 degree angles that would have been created by the more traditional way. I wanted to do something big and splashy that really made a statement and complimented the space, but had never seen anything like what I had pictured in my mind, so was very nervous about it. Especially since it takes so much time for Derick to do this stuff, but in the end with poor sketches on my part and a picture I literally dug up on Pinterest that somewhat showed my idea to Derick (and helped me feel that my idea wasn’t that crazy to begin with), and a few weeks later, we were in love.
And now with the carpet installed (yes, did I mention we have carpet?), it’s actually functional and pretty at the same time. Win/win. These stairs make us feel like people in the movies. Ha. I’d be lying if I said it’s just as fun to see these projects complete since losing the twins as it was before, but I’m going to stop myself there and just let our pretty staircase have its moment, because it and Derick’s hard work both really deserve it. :)