DIY Ombre Balusters

Ever think about those boring stair balusters?

Martha Stewart

Meet: Angie from

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Angie and her husband bought a 100+ year old home in desperate need of some love and blog about the misadventures in DIY home improvement.  Angie’s project was the Pinterest-Martha-Stewart-inspired image above and here is her DIY result:

Gorgeous! When Angie first started this project, she hadn’t intended to use the same blue color scheme as in the Martha Pin-spiration photo but after color searching, a blue palette was the obvious choice for a home filled with many blues and sea foamy colors.

Her pictures are just as inspiring. But Angie does warn: this project is HARD for her 100+ year old, un-square, un-level home.

First step, choosing the colors:

Angie’s tips for choosing colors: So many blues! I’m addicted to the Valspar color options at Lowes, so I started the color selection process by selecting one section of the blues and bringing home ALL the chips in that section. I then chopped them up so I could “play paint chips”. And I played, and I played and I played some more. I originally thought I wanted to choose 16 different colors, one color for each of our balusters. But choosing 16 blues and putting them in ombre order proved way too difficult. Choosing 8 colors was hard enough. In the end, I chose two sets of three chips (you know…the paint chips come with 3 different colors on them with their own little ombre-ness to them). Then I just found two more colors, one really dark one and one really light one, to round out the field of 8.

It doesn’t take much paint. Paint samples (Valspar $2.94/each) are perfect for this project.

Angie didn’t want brush strokes to show up on the finish and used 1″ foam brushes to apply the paint. Three coats each.

So pretty! Next step was installation. The balusters did get a little scuffed up by the table saw and during installation, but it is far easier to touch up a little paint here and there afterwards than to paint them in their entirety after installing.

Before:

Amazing after:

The balusters are a great complement to DIY ski map art and pictures on the entry gallery wall.

Again, before (old homes have so much character but they generally do look like this at one point in their history)…

And the beautiful, fresh and light after…

 

Want to see more DIY (home + wedding) from Angie? Pop over, introduce yourself and take a look around at Angie’s Roost.
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Cottages & Bungalows Magazine Feature!

I was super excited when my stairwell/landing makeover…  stairwell makeover

{see the full stairwell/landing transformation here}

won this back in January/February:

DIY Talent Scouting Party

Wahooo! I was so touched when you shared my excitement and excuse my beaming with pride and sharing today. It’s a “my highlight of the year” type of experience and the June issue is out!

I’ve “e-known” Amy from WhisperWood Cottage for several years. She is such a sweet blog friend and super talented (have you seen her beautiful home filled with gorgeous flea market finds and amazing DIY decor?). Once the announcement was made and I stopped screaming, I got to “talk” with Jickie (awesome!) who interviewed me/asked questions about my project and wrote up my article while I submitted my pictures. See my name?!! SO exciting!

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(Tip: Always, always keep the large original format of your photos and edit/resize a copy for blogging just for this reason. Pictures for print require a larger size. Images on your blog should be resized smaller for speed with loading/storage reasons.)

My stairwell wants to show off…looky!

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Periodic party themes for upcoming issues of Cottages & Bungalows Magazine will be announced at WhisperWood Cottage. Bloggers (that’s YOU!) can link up projects that relate to that theme during the availability period. After the availability period ends, a list of top contenders for the magazine feature will be announced. From the top contenders, a final project will be selected as the winner of an upcoming feature in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine. You can pop over to WhisperWood Cottage now to see the “All Things Kitchen” contenders. Congratulations to those talented blog friends and their creative projects!

Mark your calender and think ahead! The theme for July will be Halloween/Fall!

Knowing that my blog friends will be featured in Cottages & Bungalows in the future meant I couldn’t subscribe fast enough. Donna from Funky Junk Interiors and Rita from This (sorta) Old Life are next and trust me, you don’t want to wait for it to be on the shelf in stores. It’s hard to find and you’ll have to wait.

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Thanks to Amy for hosting the fun Talent Scout Party ~ a great source of inspiration too when browsing the party with so many creative real ideas. Thanks to Cottages & Bungalows for the super awesome 2 page feature! And thanks to YOU for sharing the love of DIY, visiting me, letting me share this with you, thanks for encouraging me! I hope to see YOU featured!

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DIY Project Parade and a Stairwell Landing Makeover using what we have.

Inspired by Shoshana earlier this week, I decided to do an accent wall at the top of our stairs. My decision was that quick and crazy. I bought NOTHING for this makeover. Leftover paint, supplies, and decorative accessories we already had on hand (+ the felted reindeer head, rug and clock I got for Christmas). Before was boring. {Check out that brass and faux-oak light – niiiiiiiice, huh? Good-bye!}

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Stair and Landing Before and After Makeover

Stairs and Upstairs Hallway
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.
After the carpet was torn out, here we go up the gouged staircase…

Not for the faint of heart:  After turning the corner and a few more stairs. Here is what it looked like before. Not so lovely, huh?

Then:

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

Not very appealing, is it?
Now, let’s take that same path after stairs were redone (see below – red walls no longer there!):

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.

 

Stairwell landing before

after:

At Christmastime

stair landing Christmas time

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I Made it Without My Hubby…stop STAIRing like you don't believe me. It's true!

I have another post prepared, but I’ll share that treat with you sometime later in my next post. Make sure you check back because you won’t want to miss an awesome introduction. I promise it’s worth stopping back for.

But first,

I‘m digging around in the DIY archives tonight (so you may have seen this once already, but humor me and looky again, please?) and came up with this:
Why?
Because, this, dear friends “I did this all by myself!”

Prepare yourself: Remember our house is an old farmhouse, a foreclosure – so the before pictures are a little frightening. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya! If I didn’t have the ability to see the potential…we would have been running the other direction.

Let’s take a walk up my stairs beforehand and after turning the corner and a few more stairs, here is what it looked like before. Hairy Scary! I don’t even want to know WHAT that stain is. Hurry! Look past it. Bring your eyes up. The old baseboard trim is pretty, isn’t it? (And looky there – another bathroom that needs a makeover, wanna help?)

Then, after the carpet was torn out, here we go up the gouged staircase…
Staples. Tons of them. Not a riser-friendly project. :(

And turning the corner at the top of the stairs. Look at that dresser. It’s about 50 years old. Yikes! It holds extra toiletry supplies and clean towels. (Yes, the hardwood floor was underneath that nasty carpet. Hurray!)


Nice paint here, huh? What a mess!
Also in this project is this little storage cube (before):
Cute…but full of memories and buried in a closet.

Now, let’s take that same path today after some sanding, woodfiller and paint:

No fear of tetanus now on bare tootsies!
And this is the new landing. A little paint (Ralph Lauren mahogany) and new knobs give the dresser a cleaner and more modern look.

Again, before:
And now. Really – it’s the same dresser!
Even the storage cube gets a magic makeover. I sewed a cover and cushion. All covered and pretty. Perfect for sitting to put on socks or piling up clean towels to be put away. (Hey, clean laundry making it up the stairs is a rare accomplishment. Don’t judge…I did put it away for the photo shoot.)

I also sewed a table runner to help protect the top since a lot of things accumulate here too. This is where I leave my daughter’s lunch money and she leaves me notes.




The spheres on the glass candle holders are styrofoam.
1. Mod Podge and vintage looking scrapbook paper then tied with twine.
2. Buttons and pins with a few decorative brads thrown in (buttons are secured with straight pins). AND no more hunting in the junk drawers for a button!