Someone Else’s House: Creative Stairway Design Solves Many Problems
The past few weeks I’ve introduced you to a young couple’s first house and their creative decorating touches to it.
Their house is a vintage craftsman style bungalow style. It has almost all the original trim throughout, (except the bathroom and kitchen)
The trim on the main level is the original dark oak finish… gorgeous!
The upstairs is all painted white… beautiful and fresh!
So that leaves the stairway as the segue between dark oak trim on the main level and painted white trim on the 2nd level.
Before they started any work on this house, both landings and stairway totally had only the dark oak trim, including the floor, treads and risers and trim…
(In this ‘during’ pic, you can see the repairs/patching has started on the pale green walls)
The way it was though, with all the dark floors, treads, trim and risers, everything was dark and nothing set off how really beautiful the true distressing of the floor was. Also, with the dark trim on the main level and the stairway, when you’d come to the upstairs hall, which is painted white trim, it was an almost jarring surprise to see how light it was.
Take a look:
She painted the risers white! Now the true distressing of the treads and floor looks gorgeous next to the cleanly painted risers.
And now it’s a perfect segue between the dark trim on the main level and the all white trim on the upper level because this blends both trim treatments together.
In this picture you can see on the left corner the dark trim of the stairway as it joins at the hallway, and how the hallway’s trim is all white.
Also, besides the trim on the second floor transitioning to painted trim, the floor upstairs transitions to maple from the dark oak on the main level.
Now to those numbers!
After considering painting or stenciling the numbers on the risers, they opted to actually purchase house numbers and screwed them on.
Oh and the handrail was installed a few years ago but the finish on it did not match the color of anything, being a light oak finish. So how perfect to paint it black, connecting it to the black numbers, and as you’ll see on later posts, they have black accents throughout the house.
Now just to tease you a little bit, here’s a picture of how the hallway landing at the bottom of the steps, on the main level looked when they bought this house:
It is sooooo different now… I can’t wait to show you, but that’ll have to be on a later post!
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Posted on February 17, 2013, in Floors, Hallway, Paint Treatments, Re-purposing, Someone Else's House, Uncategorized and tagged dark, decorate with a little bit, DecorateWithaLittleBit, hall, house numbers, numbers, oak, painted, risers, stairway, steps, treads, trim, white. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.