White-Painted Stairs Made A Huge Distinction in Our Basement


Gradual and regular wins the race, proper?

Simply kidding, as a result of that’s the alternative mentality I wish to take in terms of any house mission I’m not feeling enthusiastic about or dedicated to finishing. It was a really busy winter and a fair busier spring, and now that I’m used to this new tempo of life, I’m beginning to deal with tasks round the home once more.

We’ve been portray the basement in chunks because of the sheer measurement of the mission. This month we tackled the staircase that connects the basement to the remainder of the home.

I’m sharing the primary photographs of our white-painted stairs and what’s subsequent for our basement design mission.

Why We Determined to Paint the Woodwork on the Stairs

To be sincere, this staircase felt unhappy and miserable in its darkish state! After portray the complete basement household room this winter, I knew I wished to color the steps and the adjoining wine room as effectively. The objective is to brighten these areas and visually tie them in with the remainder of the basement.

A earlier than shot from the same angle because the photograph above

What the Course of Entailed

We employed somebody to take away the stair runner and paint the woodwork on the steps. The paint coloration is similar one we used on the trim, wainscoting, and beams within the basement household room: White Dove by Benjamin Moore. The method entailed utilizing copious quantities of Goo Gone to take away the adhesive beneath the stair runner, sanding, priming, and portray.

It taught me the lesson of hiring individuals who know find out how to correctly set up issues. It took about 4 days of labor to get the steps prepared for portray, principally due to the time it took to scrub up the steps after eradicating the runner. UGH! However we made it and I’m glad we took the time to get the stair treads trying good. 

What I Consider the Outcomes

It appears like a completely totally different stairwell!!! The change of paint alone made the ceilings really feel greater and the stairway really feel wider. Total it simply feels actually contemporary. I can’t wait to complete portray the remainder of the basement. 

What’s Subsequent for the Basement Design Challenge

Extra can be occurring within the basement this spring and summer time! Here’s a listing of the updates to return:

  • Set up wallpaper on the high of the stairwell (proven beneath). The steps open up proper into the kitchen eating space, entrance hallway from the storage, visitor lavatory, and Birdie’s room (previously the visitor room). The wallpaper I choose might want to complement the design components in all of those areas.
  • Add a brand new mild fixture on the high of the steps. 
  • Set up a brand new stair runner.
  • Set up a brand new handrail. 
  • Deliver some new furnishings items and rugs into the basement household room.
  • Replace the wine room (see extra of this room on this put up). We’ll do a limewash end or paint the brick, replace the sunshine fixtures, and replace the plumbing.

My total imaginative and prescient for the design of the basement household room is certainly extra fashionable and minimal than the design of the remainder of our house. I’ll be layering decor components rather a lot much less and taking part in much more with furnishings shapes and materials textures. Keep tuned for extra updates!


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