Oct 27, 2011

Before and after: the stairwell

When I added the board-and-batten treatment to our master bedroom and Amelia's room, I also asked the carpenter to add it to our stairwell.

It was just painted a light tan, and I felt like it really needed something more. I also desperately wanted something easier to clean handprints off of than the tan paint. (Seriously. You'll see what kind of shape it was in down below.)

I had visions of hanging our annual family pictures in a stairstep pattern once it was finished. So ...

BEFORE



AFTER



BEFORE



AFTER



I bought the same frames from Ikea that I used in Amelia's room (the Ribba frame, $9.99). I already had all of our family pictures from the last eight years enlarged to 8x10 size, so I just moved them from their former location (where they were framed in black) to the stairwell.



The frames go all the way up the left side to the top of the stairs, and then they come down the right side. I went ahead and hung a frame for our 2011 photo, but I'm waiting to get a great one (it's usually our Christmas card photo) to put in the frame. (So right now it is framing some strange people we don't know.)

I'm very happy with the way it turned out, though, and I'm especially glad to have high-gloss paint there now ... easier fingerprint removal!

8 comments:

This is the day! said...

That looks great!!!

Nikki said...

This looks incredible! I may have to take the plunge and do that on our stair wall.

Jami said...

This has nothing to do with the stairwell, which is beautiful, but did you hear on the Today show that Birmingham is the number 2 sleep deprived city in the US. Thought of you, hope you are getting more sleep than most.

Sarah said...

Hi, Katherine! Wow, what a great transformation! Love the framed photos and I can see what you mean about the high gloss paint being much easier to clean;)

Not sure where I have been but congratulations on baby Amelia!!! (Love that name btw.) Her nursery is gorgeous...the rug, etsy prints and curtains (so pretty) are my favorite bits!!

Thanks for checking out my daughter's nursery yesterday over at Rene's:)

ginmommy said...

Love it!

Sewconsult said...

I love using a low luster enamel paint for the exact reason. I really like the wood treatment in the hall. Good job!
Beckie

René said...

This is beautiful! I love it!

SHERRY HART said...

Beautiful...I tried to talk a client into that very thing yesterday.....but of course she won't listen to me....dang it.

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