Monday, February 18, 2013

It's Only Been Two Years....



We like to think about projects and "discuss" for a long time before we can agree. Over two years ago we redid the stairs by replacing carpet covered plywood with old pine treads. Of course the handrail and ballisters had to come down to do this. They were little ordinary spindles you can buy at any home improvement store and we wanted to replace them with something special. Something more in keeping with the style of the house. Only we couldn't decide what. I liked the idea of plain flat kind of mission style but JD had an idea for something he wanted to make.  We needed 24 of them and it just seemed like such a daunting project. Plus he was thinking of cutting them out of particle board and I did not like that idea. No matter how you paint it, it always looks fake. So after two years of apologizing to everyone who came in the house about the lack of a handrail; plus frequent discussions of how one of us was going to fall down the stairs, it was time.
 
This is what he came up with and I love it!
Every step was a slightly different height and each one had to be trimmed and fitted to each step.

We used a wipe on varnish to finish them.  I know most people would have painted everything white but I like a little black in a room. I'm torn between a cottage/farmhouse look and a log cabin/rustic look. I think this definitely has a cottage look, but it's not so girly.

Now I need to work on a picture gallery for the stairwell.

Sharing with Open House Party at No Minimalist Here* Coastal Charm Nifty Thrifty Tuesday * Common Ground "Be Inspired"* French Country Cottage*Funky Junk Interiors*My Romantic Home

14 comments:

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

LOVE them...after two years it was so worth it.

Blessings,
Linda

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE this! I have some ugly iron rails in my house and this would be a perfect solution!
Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven and say hi.
xo,
Lisa

Petie@inspirednesting.com said...

Wow! Way to go, that looks like quite a project. I agree, love the black.

Bella said...

I love this, you did a greta job!

Patricia Krank said...

You are a lot like my husband and I. We do a lot of talking, dreaming and shopping before getting to work on any project! Beautiful stairs and I sure they were well worth the wait. Thank you for sharing. Blessings, Patti@OldThingsNew
http://patricia-krank.blogspot.com/

Debra @ Common Ground said...

First of all I have to tell you that this top photo looks like it came from a magazine! You guys did such a great job coming up with something unique and out of the ordinary. It's perfect for a great whimsical cottage look. I'll be featuring this post on Be Inspired tomorrow. thanks so much for joining in!

Stacey said...

The whole scene there is just amazingly beautiful! You might have talked about it for a long time but you sure got it right!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I think it was well worth the time to discuss and think about it! This is gorgeous! I love the outcome.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Fabulous stairs and I love the chest and chair below. So glad Debra featured you.

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

so absolutely stunning!!! What a gorgeous staircase. I would love to have some pretty spindles like this - but for our front porch! :) I think they are perfect- I'm so glad you didn't paint them- the perfect blend of warmth and vintage appeal.

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

I just saw you featured over at Common Ground and had to come see your stairs for myself! This is SO charming and creative, and I absolutely love it! Following along now :)

Jeanette @ Creating a Life

Olive said...

Just beautiful and original. Love the chest and chair too.

Lani Padilla said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love the addition of the black!

Lani
SimplyFreshVintage.com

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