My before and after - stairs

Janice742November 14, 2012

I was having a hard time deciding whether or not to paint my stairs (risers and spindles) The wood is beautiful, but it was just too much wood.

Decided to do it - and also lightened up the walls.

We love it.

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Janice742

After #2

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 2:41PM
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yayagal

Beautiful job, what a remarkable change. You must be thrilled.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 2:46PM
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likewhatyoudo

Wow, that is a great improvement! looks like it should have always been done that way. Love your table at the end of the hall and the transom over the door, nice space.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 2:47PM
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SunnyCottage

Before I scrolled down, I wasn't expecting such a dramatic difference, but WOW! What a transformation! I absolutely love the change. This area went from "Yeah, that's nice" to "Wooohoooo! That's stunning!"

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 2:54PM
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fnmroberts

What a metamorphosis! Looks very nice. Bet the holiday garland will look grand too.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 3:34PM
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Cindyloo123

It looks so much prettier! If you find a way to keep scuff marks off of the risers, please let us know!

I LOVE white risers but so far I'm finding maintenance to be a big problem. I'd love to blame the problem on the big footed men in my house, but I find that my heel frequently hits those risers, so I can't blame the men!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 3:49PM
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Sujafr

Absolutely beautiful--both stairs and wall color!

Cindyloo--have family take off their shoes in the house--especially for the upstairs and you'll have no scuffs on the risers. We've done it for years and most friends and family also do it.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 4:15PM
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trailrunnerbiker

Beautiful ! It highlights the stairs now in such a great way. Also there is a lot being written about light/shadows and you have it going on in a wonderful way in the hall and on the walls of the stairs. Great job.

Care to detail how you did it...products used and prep ? c

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 4:33PM
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porkandham

It looks great!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 4:43PM
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nanny2a

Two thumbs up! They look grand!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 4:55PM
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caminnc

That looks fantastic!!! Great job.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 5:08PM
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bac717

Looks great! I think it ties in much better now with the beautiful wainscoting you have in the hall and all the other white moulding, as well.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 5:13PM
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ghostlyvision

Beautiful transformation!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 5:37PM
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tinan

It looks great! We also have painted risers, we don't have scuff marks but that's probably because we don't wear shoes in the house.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 6:02PM
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chardie

Looks so much better. Good job!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 6:26PM
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rosesstink

Very nice. I generally prefer natural wood trim but the stairs now fit in better with your with your white trim. Good job.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 6:32PM
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tinan

It looks great!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 6:34PM
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lizzie_grow

Beautiful transformation all the way around!!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 6:36PM
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springroz

That is a wonderful change!!

May I ask what your lights are? I love the light patterns!

Nancy

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 6:43PM
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awm03

Wow, your stairs have gone from being bland to being a great decorating feature. Nice job!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 7:13PM
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sochi

What a difference! It looks fantastic!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 8:10PM
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auntie_ellen boston

Stunning!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 8:50PM
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island

I love it too! Looks great with your white wainscoting. Did you paint them yourselves? Can you please share the color and kind of paint you used?
Thanks!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 9:14PM
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bronwynsmom

It looks wonderful!
Well done. You lifted the elegance of your hallway by a mile.
So glad you love it, too.

About the scuff marks - I like to put a coat of paste wax on white stair risers. There's a chance it can yellow after a while, in which case you just strip it off and rewax. But it makes the surface much more resistant to black marks, and protects the paint finish when you do have to clean off a mark. Then a little more paste wax on a
4-O steel wool pad usually takes it right off.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 9:22PM
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Janice742

Thank you all!

I wish I could take credit for the job - I had someone do it and it was A LOT of work.
Sanded, taped, primed, sanded again and then painted. It is a Sherwin Williams mixture - 1 part primer 2 part cashmere finish (I think). Just their stock white. Not a semi-gloss; but can stand up to scuff marks with a wipe of a damp cloth.(We are a "shoes off in the house" family - and our guests are rarely upstairs, so I'm not overly concerned about scuffs)

My walls are a Restoration Hardware Color -- Silver Sage. Matched by SW. Low Sheen, which I love.

Lights are: Uttermost Galeana Traditional Mini Pendant Light - UM-21811. I have the semi-flush mount in the entry hall. They are my favorite fixtures in our home.

I had black and white family photos all framed in black frames along the wall in the long hallway. Need to put them back, but might mix in a couple small oil paintings to make it interesting. Need to lay them all down on the floor and see how it will look.

Working on the family room, living room, kitchen and office now! Wish I took more before and after pics.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 10:05PM
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bosegirl

Awesome!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 10:17PM
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cat_mom

Normally I'd have preferred the all wood look, but wow, what a difference (in a good way)!!' It looks terrific!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 11:14PM
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mustangs81

I can only ditto what's already been said.

Thanks for sharing the colors and process.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 11:26PM
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loribee

Love it!! Why do I have the urge to go buy RH silver sage paint now???

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 6:14AM
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springroz

Thanks for the all the details!! In my entry, i have a gaudy victorian draped crystal chandalier that came with the house. Everyone taller than me hits their head on it, since we have 8 ft ceilings.I have grown to love the blingy light pattern it throws. It also has 5 candelabra lights. If I could figure out how to rework it to get rid of the tacky parts of fake brass, I would.

Does the semi flush cast the same light pattern?

Thank you!! Nancy

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 7:56AM
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tfm1134

love it!! what a great space and as someone else said, it looks like it should have always been that way.
Would you mind telling me where you got your table at the end of the hall? I have been searching for something similar.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 10:02AM
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tinker_2006

I didn't read all the comments, but WOW - great before and after, just perfectly beautiful!!!

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 11:18AM
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Janice742

Yes -- the semi-flush casts the same pattern, but the trick is to use clear lightbulbs.

The table at the end of the hall is from Ballard. It's the Newport Demilune, but they also have one called the Torino. I've been happy with my purchases from Ballard.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 11:48AM
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lionors

Gorgeous! The stairs were always meant to look like that!

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 12:11PM
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hilltop_gw

That is beautiful! It's like the entire stairway and hall woke up! You may have been hesitant going into the project, but you did it! And it was well worth the effort.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 1:12PM
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tfm1134

Thank you Janice742

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 1:49PM
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Cindyloo123

Thanks to all who commented on how to keep the risers clean. We are always going to wear shoes in our house, so I guess we will have to find some other way to deal with the problem, :(.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 1:53PM
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gigi7

Gorgeous, but I must say that the lighting is spectacular!!! Breathtaking!
I need to do something to my stairs, also. We are the third owners of this house and the wood is worn terribly, I'm thinking carpet runner. We are so hard on those stairs! People and pups!

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 2:10PM
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stinky-gardener

Great idea! Beautiful job! Gorgeous house!

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 2:21PM
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springroz

Thanks so much, Janice742!

Nancy

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 2:39PM
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Arapaho

Outstanding!

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 10:58PM
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Astacia

I have been thinking of doing this exact thing to my stairs, which are very similar to yours, and this just seals it! They look stunning and I will be calling my painter this afternoon!!!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 8:15AM
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williamsem

Wow, it looks like it was meant to be that way. Great job!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 9:21AM
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Irish2

I love the new look. It made such a transformation from
beautiful (ho-hum) stairs to just gorgeous!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 10:40AM
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michoumonster

wow! amazing transformation! you have such great vision!

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 2:07PM
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luckygal

Wonderful improvement! TFS

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 2:25PM
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CLBlakey

I spoke this out loud when I saw the transformation "OH Wow!! that is awesome"

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 5:12PM
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gsciencechick

Wow, amazing transformation! Congrats on such a fantastic space!

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 9:21PM
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mtnrdredux_gw

Hmm, I thought the stairs looks dated before ... maybe 80s. But then I see the transoms, which is very au courant as they are done. Is it new construction?

Anyway, it looks amazing. What a great eye you have. As for smudges and scuffs, have them take their shoes off at the door!

    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 12:17AM
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Janice742

Actually, the house was built in 2005 as a spec home by a custom builder. Not sure why the builder chose the solid wood stairs - or why he stained the wood the honey/red oak stain as opposed to the darker stains that are so popular.

Thanks again for all the positive feedback!

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 3:58PM
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kswl2

Fantastic result! I have seen a lot of staircase transformations but this one is amazing, great job!

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 8:03PM
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