Stairs Remodel

We have been quite busy around the house this Spring and our entryway was one of the projects we took on.  The first thing you see when you walk in our house is the staircase so it definitely needs to look good.  The previous owners had improved the space quite a bit by adding some moulding and paintable beadboard wallpaper.  Although we probably would not have chosen the wallpaper, it actually looked pretty close to the real thing and most people who came over had no idea it was wallpaper.  My husband despised it, but I actually kind of liked it.  And, we most likely would have left it up and just repainted it, but between the previous owners move out and our move in, there were plenty of marks, dents and scrapes on it.  Also, it was starting to bubble up in some areas so it was time to come down.  Here are a few pictures from the listing photos of what it looked like with the wallpaper.

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The first step was taking it down and it surprisingly came off the wall fairly easily.  We didn’t need any special tools for this besides an exacto knife to cut around the edges of the moulding and a scraper to scrape off any residual glue.

The next step, and more difficult step, was deciding what we wanted to do with this space.  We went back and forth so many times.  And, yes, it took us about a year and a half from when we ripped down the wallpaper to actually making a decision and getting it done..so it was very blah for a long time.  Here is what it has looked like for the last year and half.

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Did we just want to take the old wallpaper down and put up new wallpaper?  We considered putting up real beadboard, but that meant ripping up existing molding on the stairway and that seemed like a much bigger project.  I also have been loving plank paneled walls lately so we thought of doing something similar to the picture below.

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But, sadly, it doesn’t really go with the rest of the style of the house.  If we did this, there would just be a little too much going on since we already have beadboard and wainscoting throughout the downstairs.  It also would have required ripping up some of the existing moulding on the stairway to install it properly.  Don’t worry, this paneling will be used in a bigger project I have planned 🙂

After a lot of debate, we decided to put up wainscoting that matches our dining room.  I measured and spaced everything out using blue painter’s tape.

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Then, my husband and my dad put their geometry skills to work (there was definitely a bit of a struggle with some of the angles) and with the help of a miter saw, our stairway is looking amazing these days.

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The top wall is painted Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter (HC-172), which is the main color throughout the downstairs and hallways of our house, and the bottom is Benjamin Moore White Dove (OC-17).  All of the trim is Benjamin Moore Super White (PM-1).

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DIY Chalkboard

I have been meaning to share this easy DIY picture frame to chalkboard project for a while now.  I have mine hanging in our kitchen for notes/reminders/to-do lists/menus.  Not only will it serve as an everyday decoration, but it is also great for displaying menus for parties.

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This was a very cheap and very easy DIY project.  I bought an 11×14 frame at Home Goods for $9.99 and RUST-OLEUM ChalkBoard spray paint at Home Depot for $3.50.  I had to go to a couple of stores to find the spray paint instead of the can of chalkboard paint and I’m glad I finally found it.  The can of paint was way more paint than I needed for this small project and was more expensive.  It was also easier to apply with the spray paint.

Here are the steps for this DIY chalkboard:

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  1. Take the glass out of the frame.
  2. Clean it with glass cleaner and let it dry completely.
  3. Set it outside on a couple brown paper bags or cardboard so that any mist from the spray does not get on anything.  Make sure it is on a flat surface.
  4. Spray the chalkboard paint onto the glass, according to the directions on the can. I put two coats on, letting it dry completely in between.
  5. Once it is completely dry, re-assemble the picture frame.
  6. Rub the entire chalkboard surface with chalk and erase before your first use.
  7. Enjoy writing any messages you wish!

We love having this in the kitchen and I have bigger plans for a full chalkboard wall in the basement hopefully in the near future!

Quick and Easy Chair Refresh

A while back I promised to provide some details on a cute chair I added to our guest bedroom.  Well, I am finally getting around to sharing this easy and quick update.  It is always nice to have a chair of some kind in your guest bedroom, but honestly buying more accent furniture when you are trying to furnish an entire house can get add up fast.  We got this chair from my in-laws.

The Before...

The Before…

I love the overall look of it, but the color and the design painted on the back just didn’t go with our style.  And well, it felt a little out-dated for our house.

First, I sanded the chair with 80 grit sandpaper.  The surface was really smooth and shiny, so the purpose of the sanding was just to help the paint stick to the surface better.  You do not need to sand it down to bare wood.  This is what the chair looked like after sanding.

After sanding...

After sanding…

Then I wiped the surface down with a damp cloth to get all of the dust off.  Once the chair was completely dry, I spray painted it.  I used my go to spray paint, Rustoleum.  This chair is done in their white satin finish spray paint.  I like to do multiple light coats instead of one heavy coat to avoid drips, especially with all of the crevices on this particular chair.  There is quite a bit of down time with this project as you have to wait for it to dry and flip it over to get into all crevices, but the actual work time is fairly quick and easy.

By the way, this is a good job to do outside and make sure it is not too windy :).  And now it is a nice little addition to our guest bedroom for under $10!

And the After...

And the After…