Stop to "Stair"…

Melanie from The Old White Cottage just transformed her stairs. Here’s her blog post:

Well, I painted the risers on my stairs and I love how its turning out.

I’m not done because its hard to see but there are about a million nail holes I need to fill that weren’t so visible with the stained finish. I will have to fill them with putty. Also, the paint I’m using (which shall remain nameless) is a brand I’ve always used but I’ve been having coverage problems with lately. I think I’m going to have to buy a different brand because after primer and 3 coats of paint, I’m still not getting great coverage. I only wish I had wooden spindles so that I could paint those too! I’m also eyeing the rail to paint, but I will resist temptation and leave it stained.

Melanie – what a huge improvement! Your stairs look fresh and pretty! Great job!

Let’s take a walk up my stairs beforehand. When we bought the house, it was covered in nasty dirty carpet. Mr. Handy ripped it all out.
Here is the picture of the stairs when we bought the house:

After the carpet was torn out, here we go up the gouged staircase…

And after turning the corner and a few more stairs. Here is what it looked like before. Not so lovely, huh?


Also in this project is this little storage cube (before):

Not very appealing, is it?
Now, let’s take that same path today:

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And this is the new landing. A little paint (Ralph Lauren mahogany) and new knobs give the dresser a cleaner and more modern look. I think it’s over 40 years old and needed a face lift.

Notice the storage cube – I sewed a cover and cushion. All covered and pretty.

I also sewed a table runner to help protect the top (Mr. Handy likes to toss a drill or other tools here.)

All of the doors here have glass knobs. I love them. I wish we had the old skeleton keys. The dresser also has locks on each drawer, but…again, no keys.

Thanks for looking! On to the next project! :)

Myst33's Library Loft

This is one of my most favorite rooms in the entire world. I want a loft in my home. It’s cozy library atmosphere is where I’d spend all of my time reading. Isn’t she amazing? I love her style.

Loft: The first two pictures are “befores”. Our loft was featured as an “inspiration room” on HGTV’S Rate My Space.

Loft Paint: Valspar Au Lait Ole
Bookcases: Billy bookcases from Ikea: It’s 4 full width bookcases, 1 half width bookcase, 5 height extensions, a pair of glass doors, and 3 bookcase lights
Recliner and ottoman: Poang from Ikea
Canvas and pair of prints: diy
Tripod floor lamp: Walmart
Side table: Vintage table + diy

And my very favorite piece in the room? The DIY “Word” Canvas! She even provides instructions:

Canvas (24″x30″)
Black acrylic craft paint (Plaid Brand)
Transfer Paper (Saral Brand)
Sharpie Pen
Assortment of brushes
Access to computer software for text layout (Illustrator, Photoshop, Word, etc)
Access to an oversized printer (Kinkos has them)
USB flash drive or cd with your text layout on it.

1.Find or make up a quote for your space. I used a quote by children’s author, Arnold Lobel.
2. Use a word processing program such as Word or even Photoshop or Illustrator to lay out the text. I used Photoshop and the font “Courier New” and spaced everything out so the right and left margins were justified. Use black text on a white background.
3. Once you are satisfied with the layout, save your document to a flash drive or cd.
4. Visit your local Kinkos or any copy shop that has an oversized black & white printer. These are the printers that are usually used for architectural plans. Have them enlarge your document to the size of your canvas. In my case, it was 24″ x 36″. The cost to print a copy of that size was only $3.75.
5. Use transfer paper to cover the entire canvas. You may have to use a few pieces. Be sure the “transfer side” is face down on the canvas. Tape in place.
6. Lay your oversized copy on top of the transfer paper and canvas (words facing up). Be sure it’s aligned with the canvas and not crooked. Tape in place.
7. Use a ball point pen and carefully trace over the words. I used a blue pen so I could clearly see what areas I had gone over. Use enough pressure so the words will be transferred to the canvas. After a while, your hand may hurt so take a break!
8. When you have finished tracing over all of the words, remove the enlarged copy and transfer paper.
9. The letters should now be visible on the canvas.
10. Use a fine tip permanent marker (Sharpie) and carefully trace around all of the letters. I did this so I wouldn’t have to paint along the edges of the letters. I used a black sharpie because I was painting a black background. Match your background color to your sharpie (or other fine-tip permanent marker)
11. After you have traced around the letters, paint in the negative space between the letters (background).

Thanks for sharing Myst33! Your entire home is an inspiration! I can’t wait to feature more of your design and DIY projects!