Weekend DIY: Before & After

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As you know, we moved into a new house this past Spring. It's been full of projects, surprises, frustrations but also a lot of love and satisfaction. I couldn't be happier with our new home. There are still some projects to complete but for now I'm still enjoying doing them all! Many of them I'll be sharing with you as they are completed but first up was a project that I did this past weekend - the stairs. I started Saturday morning and thought I might be able to finish it by noon that day.  Well, let's just say that Sunday at 3pm I was still working on this one. It was a lot of work -- but it was all worth it. About 1/2 way through on Saturday I wasn't so sure - now, I am sure. This is what the stairs looked like the day we had the house inspection before moving in IMG_0736 Prior to moving in, we had some new hardwood floors added and the existing hardwood refinished, so up until last Saturday it looked like this (mismatched banister included): 192A3363 You can see it was in need of some paint -- the stain from the refinishing of the wood really marked up the white paint.192A3366 Instead of just repainting them white, I decided to use some of the same colors I had used on the walls when we repainted the house. I don't really know where I got the idea -- I must have seen it somewhere...Katie maybe? Here's the staircase today: 192A3382 192A3386 The gray color is Benjamin Moore Platinum Gray. I used this in my living room -- that transformation will be posted another day, just as soon as I find the right mirror to hang in there! 192A3378 While it took quite a few hours to complete this -- it's still a very simple project that makes a big difference! Before & After image stairsbanda

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  • acuriousgal: September 26, 2016

    Beautiful!!! Love the grey and white

  • Betsy: September 26, 2016


  • Cheryl: September 26, 2016

    What a difference, Kara! They look great! And like a lot of work.

  • Jill: September 26, 2016

    Looks great!!

  • artisticsharon: September 26, 2016

    Love the ‘after’ look…you really didn’t change much but it makes a big difference.

  • weziraff: September 26, 2016

    Love it!

  • krstanley: September 26, 2016

    Good question & I would love to, but I don’t think we can. The backside of the staircase is the staircase to the basement so we would have to do a bumpout on the basement stairs which I think would mean you would hit your head walking down to the basement!

  • The Knitterly Hooker: September 26, 2016

    It’s gorgeous! I love your house! Question / idea: could you build a storage under the staircase? I think that would be fabulous.

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