Stairway Makeover – Phase 1
With $100.00; 1 DIY light fixture; 2 DIY art projects; 2 gallons of paint; & 2 weekends of painting, Phase 1 of our Stairway Makeover is completed.
BEFORE THE TRANSFORMATION
Our house had been painted the same hideous color throughout the entire house by the previous owner. Even more hideous? The paint was in the worst finish ever… flat paint.
Why do I hate flat paint so much?…
Flat paint is the most impractical paint finish EVER, making scuffs almost impossible to remove. The bigger crime? Flat paint doesn’t reflect light, making any space feel smaller. Don’t just take my word for it, the before & after photos prove just how important the paint finish is just as important as the paint color.
Do you see how dark & heavy the space feels with the flat paint? Trust me, the before wall color was much more hideous in person than it shows in pictures.
- Shur-Line Easy Reach Adjustable Extension Pole
- Ours goes from 4 feet to 9 feet locks in place)
- Shur-Line Premium Corner Painter
- Shur-Line Paint Edger
- Behr Premium Plus Interior Paint
- We used Classic Silver in an Eggshell finish.
- Wooster Shortcut Angle brush
- We used this to cut-in base molding
DIVIDE & CONQUER
As with any home improvements we want to conquer, we pick a space & break the project into manageable phases. A huge & daunting project suddenly becomes manageable when broken into chunks.
PHASE 1 (all completed):
⇒ Remove ugly brass light fixture
⇒ Create a DIY modern light fixture
⇒ Create large-scale DIY art pieces
PHASE 2 (to be completed):
⇒ Update banisters
PHASE 3 (to be completed):
⇒ Demo carpet
⇒ Upgrade treads, risers & landing
CONQUER THE SMALL PROJECTS FIRST
First things, first….
As a designer, there are several things on my “black list” that I hate, one of which is… brass light fixtures. It had to GTFO. My sweetheart husband was able to repurpose the guts of the old light to create a fabulous modern DIY light fixture for under $25.00!
We also DIY’ed some awesome artwork…
PAINT = MASSIVE IMPACT
We saved the most time-consuming project for last… Painting. We definitely underestimated the difficulty of this huge task. Our 12 ½ foot stairwell made maneuvering a latter around the semi-narrow staircase a bit tricky. We persisted with patience, taking two weekends to finish painting.
That first weekend of painting, we determined our ladder that we thought was tall enough, wasn’t. Thanks to Shur-Line painting tools, Jonathan was able to reach just below the crown molding to cut-in the paint. Using these paint tools definitely requires patience, control & upper-arm strength, areas in which my hubby excels. 🙂 I nominated my hubby for this part since he has massive guns. 😉
PHASE 1 OF THE STAIRWAY MAKEOVER IS COMPLETE
This paint transformed a once dark & “heavy” space to make it feel instantly fresh & modern. Do you see how the white trim pops? I love it!
- PAINT TIP: To visually enlarge your space, choose a color that is on the cool spectrum & stay far away from flat finishes.
- EXAMPLE: The coolness of the Classic Silver & the eggshell finish work together to make the space feel larger & reflect light. Check out the comparisons below.
1 DIY light fixture, 2 DIY art projects, 2 gallons of paint, & 2 weekends of painting, we were able to completely transform the once lackluster & dark space to a modern, bright & fresh space. The paint we used is cool in color & cool in style.
Conquering home improvements is when projects are broken down into manageable phases. Inch-by-inch, we conquered our goals in Phase 1 of our Stairway Makeover. One “inch” conquered today is one less “inch” on tomorrow’s plate.
Stay Cool & Keep Your Paint Cool!
Love, Peace & Happiness,
Hippie & Sparky