When we bought our house, we fell in love with the open concept of the kitchen and living room, the large bedroom sizes, and generally the overall size of the house itself. It has a huge unfinished basement that I know we want to finish, but for now the cozy playroom I created for J down there will have to suffice.
We moved in with only a few months left before the birth of our second son, so I made it a point to tackle the things that required the least amount of cash (if not work) first. That meant painting, mostly. I updated our powder room, laundry room, and nursery first.
What I wanted to tackle super early and didn’t was our foyer – and the boring oak stairs.
I knew that updating the staircase would be a HUGE undertaking, and at eight months pregnant, I wasn’t feeling it.
Which is funny, since I was painting our front room two days before H was born. Go figure.
Before I was willing to tackle a DIY on the stairs, I was willing to forego DIY and hire a professional. I knew that I wanted to do a board and batten on the walls/up the stairs, but I had no desire to try it myself. I don’t math. Precise measurements for wainscoting? No thank you.
When we priced out having the foyer repainted to get rid of the yellow vs having the board and batten installed, we decided to go with the board and batten first.
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The blank canvas.
A sneak peek of the contractor’s addition to the space:
How much prettier does this look??
Now, this was all finished a year ago. As much as I loved the board and batten addition, those damn oak stairs have been bugging me the entire time. With the advent of summer this year, I wanted a fresh update, and I was finally ready to tackle the stairs.
I knew exactly what I wanted for the new look, a contrast of dark rails and white spindles. I knew I could get the white done with chalk paint, so that was no big deal. For the dark, I was unsure of what to do, until I remembered my favorite stain, Java Gel Stain.
I like using foam brushes, which give you a little more control, a little more coverage, and less of a need to wear those big rubber gloves. There were a lot of late nights involved in the multiple coats required to bring these rails to life.
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Once I’d managed the stain the rails and baseboard to my desired shade, it was time to go back, tape off all my dark wood and get moving on the chalk paint. I used DecoArt Chalk Paint in Everlasting.
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It was weeks of work, since I could only really work on it in the evening after the boys had gone to bed and I was finished with work. I realized belatedly that we were creeping up fast on H’s first birthday party, so I held off on the final poly in order to have time to simply finish the paint. When it was all done?
I’m in love.
Seriously, I still can’t believe this transformation.
The contrast of the dark rails against the white spindles and board and batten just makes me super happy.
This look is fresh, light, and the perfect project for me to have finished while there’s still a few weeks left of summer.
This post is part of the Pinterest Party Summer Fun Blog Hop. The Pinterest Party is a group that helps people grow their Pinterest following. Find other posts in this blog hop below:
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What projects have you been working on this summer?
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