(I could do these stair puns all day!)
Our “weekend” project of refurbishing the stairway is still ongoing. Yup. Two weeks later we’re still sanding, scraping, and swearing under our breath. The entire project will take 3 weeks according to a calendar, but that is mostly because we are timing the staining of the stairs with another project. My parents (hi mom & dad!!) have nicely said we can stay at their house whenever we need to during this renovation (thankfully!) So we figured staining the stairs should coincide with whitewashing the kitchen floor (post on that coming soon!) – leaving us ‘homeless’ only once instead of twice.
That said, having only partially completed stairs for three full weeks has started to weigh on me. I just want to see it done already! Geez! It’s going to be awesome, so lets see it!
Patience, however, is a virtue that I’ve come to embrace during this renovation.
Actually…no. That last statement is wildly inaccurate. My ’embracing’ has not exactly been voluntary. You just learn to live with the fact that things are slow (very very slow) in happening and projects take at least 200% longer than you initially anticipate. And everything (everything!) is always really ugly until the very…last…step.
Like I said, patience.
So what gets me through the weeks of ugly and forever unfinished projects? Why, pretty pictures of course!
Here are some beautiful staircase inspiration photos for our project. All images compliments of the always stimulating Houzz website. Enjoy!
I love the look of these stairs (actually, the whole house is probably beautiful). The hardest decision I had was if I should stain our stairs a natural color (like what’s shown here) or a darker color. We will see!
These are cool because the detailing under the outside of the treads is stained. We also have detailing there, but ours will be painted white. I have lots of respect for the staining approach though!
These stairs are a more blonde stain, but the railing is significantly darker giving the stain a more complex two-tone look. I like this approach, but I’m still not sure what we’re going to do about our railing. Eek. Decisions!
These stairs are beautiful (!!) but they put carpet on them. Ugh! I understand it’s probably more practical, but after all of the work we’re doing, there’s NO WAY I’d cover them with carpet.
This is an example of what I don’t want my stairs to look like. I really want more detailing/ornate elements than what is shown here. Entry hall stairs have a sexiness to them. They can be a little more glam than the rest of the house without it feeling strange and I want to embrace that. I hope I hit the mark. I won’t really know if I did until we’re done though. Eek!
I like a lot of what’s going on here (minus the carpet!) and I’m hoping that ours turn out looking something like this. Our railing won’t be as sleek (it’s too old for that, sadly), but I love the detailing up the side, the trim work and the rounded-corner newel post.
Sigh. Just sigh…