September 13, 2010

Stairway to DustyRose Heaven

Our hallway makeover is finally complete. The summer has been crazy, so from start to finish it took about two months to get this project done.  All of the trim, doors, walls, spindles, risers and railing were painted, and unfortunately, more than a few coats over foot prints on the steps.

Hallway on the day we took possession of the house in April.

Dusty rose stairway to heaven. One of the hazards to your health when you buy a B&B named A Victorian Rose...

We ripped the carpet off before changing the wall colour back in July. When my 3 year old niece saw this she questioned "why did you take the fuzzy off the stairs?" ........."because the fuzzy was buttugly"

The trim was too yellowish-grayish-greenish-barfish, and the railing was too yellowish-orangish-shineyish

A couple of coats of a light grey called Luminarie on the wall, then it was on to the BM Cloud White for the spindles, spindles and more spindles. I darkened the railing with a dark walnut low lustre polyurethane. (4 coats)

Wall colour and cloud white trim on the left.

Started the runner, it's a beige colour to warm up the gray to get a natural sisal look.

Measured out a band because the runner was boring on its own

Finally finished.

Clean and fresh.

So that part of the project seemed to take forever, but the other sub project took less than 48 hours from brainwave to operational. 
I really like the look of the Moooi string pendant lights.  Since I am cheap/poor I would never buy one. So I came up with my own version. 
Cheesecloth, Stiffy Stiffener and a pendant light.  The idea came from when my mother made a nativity scene in the 80s by draping and stiffening cloth over the molds. I skipped spray painting the shade gold, but the idea was similar.

Picked up a pendant light at good ol' Canadian Tire. Put a call in my brother in-law and offered beer for a wiring job. 30 min later it was up and working.

The big shade fills the hallways high ceilings.


Red said...

Very nice guys. You are very talented. You should do interior design for paying customers...

Jen of Made By Girl said...

GORGEOUS...when did you make this??

Jen of Made By Girl said...

I love the DIY stairs and the Pendant....Would you mind if i shared that with my readers and linked back to you?? Let me know....
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Sarah said...

I love the stairs, looks fantastic

Sarah said...

What a dramatic makeover. So clean.

Rene said...

I just saw this on pinterest and had to come check it out. Such a clever idea and that color will hide the scuff marks. Great job!

Jill Drake said...

Incredible...just a question, when you began painting your stairs, did you sand them down first? Or did you just re paint the White sections, and then runner? I would love to know more details, as I'm about to do mine......I'm unsure on how you managed to keep all the lines straight, I would love to do this to mine,but unsure on the details......��

Salvaged Bliss said...

I did sand them first to smooth them out and take the sheen off of the sides.
when i was taping would measure out from the spindles on each stair and use a pencil to mark a dot. i would do a couple stairs at a time and then tape those stairs in sections. do a section and then step away and check out the line by eye. it took some playing but keep stepping back to make sure they all match up.

they are still holding up well since i did them in 2010. just touch up a couple of dings from a dropped suitcase.