Project Diary #9: Carpeted Stairs

The #helloredreno series continues! The stairs at the studio needed some attention. We started with carpeted stairs and I knew that I wanted to go in the same direction. Choosing carpeting for the studio space from the entrance of the commercial area to the residual space upstairs makes a lot of sense.

My choice: Shaw Carpet Final Piece Coatbridge 

The before: 

A commercial grade glued down blue with no padding.

DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff

At our house, our stairs are noisy and the painted risers show a lot of scuffs so while I don’t anticipate daily use of the stairs at the studio, I wanted to soften the vibe, cut down on the noise, and add warmth to the space. I also wanted something more neutral than the original blue as well as something that contributed to adding a beautiful statement to the area. 

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The landing will be the entrance to the future studio apartment. So I want something warm and inviting.

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My choice: 

As a member of the Shaw Styleboard, I had the opportunity to choose from their carpet collection. I wanted something neutral but with texture, something durable but pretty. Read the description: Warm up rooms and reduce energy bills with the natural insulation and comfort of carpet. With many styles to choose from and the best stain-fighting technology in the industry, Shaw carpet brings color, texture and value to your floors. Create distinctively stylish looks when you play with texture, loop, pattern and twist options.

Final Piece Coatbridge Shaw Carpet

Shaw Carpet Final Piece Coatbridge 

A perfect fit! I chose the color “coatbridge” from the “Final Piece” collection. It feels timeless and classic. I like to switch things up when it comes to design and decor so this option gives me the freedom to go any direction when it comes to decorating. It’s the perfect base palette and texture for any style. 


The same installer, Mike, who did worked with me on the Floorté vinyl floor planks in our home installed the carpeting. We had removed the former blue carpets to prepare for placing the new carpet.

The stairs before:

staircase before carpeting before and after carpeting stairs

The landing at the top of the stairs before:

stairs before

He set to work with the underlayment and prep work. Who knew that carpet padding is just as important as the carpet itself? I kind of assumed it wasn’t something really necessary but luscious, soft carpet padding minimizes noise, maximizes warmth and extends the life of your floor! I had no idea! 

shaw carpet padding


You guys! IT IS GORGEOUS! I am in love with my choice! The texture and pattern add interest to the space, without an overpowering or super trendy style. It’s the perfect base for whatever I choose to do with wall paint and decorative accessories. It’ll work when I change my mind and swap out decor. It’ll work with seasonal decorating colors. It’s warm and inviting.

The stairs: 

Shaw Carpets Final Piece Coatbridge   Shaw Carpets Final Piece Coatbridge stairs

Shaw Final Piece Coatbridge carpet meets SanFrancisco hexagon tile

carpet tile transition Shaw Final Piece Coatbridge carpet San Francisco

The landing at the top of the stairs: 

stair landing Shaw Carpets Final Piece Coatbridge staircase stair landing Shaw Carpets Final Piece Coatbridge

Shaw Final Piece Coatbridge carpet meets Monterrey Grandview rustic wide plank hardwood floors.

Shaw Final Piece Coatbridge carpet Grandview Monterey hardwood


And that padding? Luxurious! Seriously. I don’t think I’d need an air mattress if I decided to camp out in this space! It’s that cushioned! Slumber party, anyone? Oh! And ever accidentally bounce down the stairs on your back side? This makes for a better ride and less painful experience. lol

More decisions: 

I cannot wait to get started with decorating and to call this area complete. I’m still deciding how to finish it. Options:  

  • To make it an entry space for the apartment with a bench, shoe storage, coat hooks, plants and a side table. (The apartment will not have a full time tenant. It’s for overnight/short term guests.)
  • To furnish it with a small writing desk in front of the window, book shelves on either side, plants, a lamp, curtains, a comfy chair, fun wallpaper on the back wall. 
  • To suspend some swinging chairs or a bamboo-type porch swing, fun wallpaper, a coffee table, plants. 
  • A small conversational area with a love seat or two comfy chairs.
  • A window seat and comfy reading nook, plants, diffuser, book cases. 

So many options. I’m all set with a beautiful blank slate, gorgeous cushion-y textured patterned floor that I love! I’m leaning towards the window seat and a hanging chair with a shelf for plants and a small accent table for a cup of tea or a good book…a little escape and restful spot for meditation with the vibe of a private porch area only indoor and then creating a small entry area inside of the apartment right inside the door instead. What do you think? What would feel more welcoming to you as a guest? 

As we keep checking projects off of the ‘to-do’ list, I’m getting so excited for fun parts – decorating and furnishing! I can’t wait!

Next up on the remodel:

Clean up the railing and banister, paint, baseboards, installing doors, light fixtures, fun feature wall, possibly creating a kitchenette then furnishing, decorating and then the reveal! Then moving in! Okay, not that last part but I do plan to extend the invitation and welcome you to visit! 

The building has so much historical charm. It’s about one block from our town’s Main Street. The bus stop is literally steps away. There are breweries, the YMCA, shops, restaurants, salons, florists, candy/coffee shop, holiday parades and festivals within walking distance. So fun! If renovation from blah to ahhhhh is your thing, stay tuned!

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I welcome your thoughts and ideas! And as always, thanks for your encouragement and support and for sharing in my joy and vision! Watch for #helloredreno!

Summer Home Tour

Welcome to the Summer Tour of Homes Day 2! If you’re following along and just popped over from visiting Emily’s gorgeous home at Decor Chick, welcome guests!

Summer Tour of Homes

I’m so excited to participate in Day 2 of the Summer Tour of Homes hosted by Gina at the Shabby Creek CottageIt’s my favorite time of year! Longer days for productivity and lots of DIY.

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Are you ready for LOTS of pictures? I hope so! summer chalkboard

Most of our summer is spent outdoors. We do a lot of summer entertaining, hosting BBQs and family cook-outs. So making our outdoor areas pretty is where our tour begins…

barn patio

We have a bank barn which we use for storage (much like a huge garage), but the bottom part opens up into our BIG party gathering space in the summer where we can set up volley ball in the yard and sit around a bon fire.

teeny tiny scary before picture…

barn before

The barn patio area provides a covered space for setting up a picnic buffet for entertaining or a quiet place for relaxing. Improvements are still on the DIY ‘to-do’ list but you can see it’s a big improvement already. This area has been a great location for grad parties, a co-ed baby shower BBQ, a fashion photo shoot, family reunions, picnics and cook outs.

barn patio makeover

outdoor entertaining

outdoor living

party patio

barn party patio

red and turquoise patio

Sources: DIY painted foam playmat art tutorial, tire planter tutorial coming soon, DIY tissue paper poufs and banner, old weathered door/barrel buffet, spray-painted accessories (Rustoleum Lagoon), turquoise crocheted accent pillow (Target), red petunias, outdoor area rug (Better Homes & Gardens, WalMart), red accent pillows (Target), blue mason jar vase, red outdoor fabric table cloth (Kmart), DIY framed chalkboard. 

The patio off the back of our home also got a mini-makeover last month with some cleaning, refreshening accents with some spray paint, some re-arranging, flowers and a few new decorative touches…

(see the before the patio and installation)



patio makeover


patio makeover

The patio swing was looking a little tired and inspired an outdoor swing/daybed makeover  patio daybed

My hubby’s favorite hobby is cooking and having fresh herbs near the French doors to the kitchen is convenient. Decorative and functional with our free standing pallet herb garden

free standing pallet herb garden

patio accents

One of the things I loved about the property when we purchased our home was the mature huge grape arbor. It was very rickety but the grapes were plentiful…


grape arbor before

We rebuilt the framing and added a gazebo to the center…

grape arbor gazebo

This year we’re recycling a pile of old bricks for a paved walkway and seating area underneath the gazebo (more on that coming up this summer). Again, a work currently in progress, but check out those vines! LOVE!

grape arbor gazebo

It’s been a while since I’ve done a home tour. Things are mostly the same with some rearranging but here are some most recent pictures. Our house before was down right disgusting and scary but we saw past that to the potential…location, charm, character, size. But definitely a true fixer upper. 

kitchen (links to kitchen before/after, more pictures, DIY door clock tutorial, spice loft, sliding ladder, marble subway tiled backsplash how-to, painting cabinets, cook book library, etc.)

farmhouse kitchen makeover

kitchen tour


kitchen before


farmhouse kitchen

farmhouse kitchen tour

eclectic farmhouse kitchen

eclectic kitchen tour

The French doors lead right to our patio. It’s so convenient for entertaining and hosting BBQs. The sun sets on the other side of the house so evenings are shaded and comfortable. Perfect for alfresco summer dining. 


farmhouse kitchen before

farmhouse kitchen before

now… DIYShowOff kitchen tour

powder room before and after

powder room

dining room


dining room before


diningroom tour

diningroom makeover

DIYShowOff diningroom

farmhouse dining room

eclectic dining room

DIYShowOff dining room

I’m always re-arranging the sitting room. It’s gets a makeover about once a month. It’s an ever changing multi-functional space. Sometimes it’s a sitting room, sometimes a dining area or mudroom.


sitting room before

This month, it’s a small office/work space…

office space eclectic hallway DIYShowOff Home Tour sitting room

DIY: no sew script drop cloth curtains, wall mounted pallet shelf, French doors, slate floors, pet gate, globe light fixture cover.


Our stairway landing hasn’t changed at all. I just love it the way it is. For now.

stair landing

And the family room is still a work in progress so these are a bit of a reveal since I haven’t shared little things in this room before, but fun DIY art and lots of color adds a touch of summer…

family room

Still a lot of DIY planned for this room!

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headboard door pediment tutorial

turquoise french doors.jpg

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DIY chevron garden sign, painted thrift store candlesticks, Today will be the Best Day sign, DIY curtains (fabric is Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower), window/chandelier coffee table, and a DIY chandelier planter tutorial coming soon.

chandelier planter.jpg

eclectic family room makeover.jpg

free standing fireplace surround with pallet shelving  faux fireplace with pallet shelving

eclectic family room tour.jpg

Last but not least, even CocoRosie, our Italian Greyhound, enjoys the summer weather with her shaded dog bed

DIY shaded dog bed

Whew! Lots to see, right? Thanks for sticking around if you made it through it all! You can see more room by room before/after and DIY at the DIY Show Off Home Tour

Are you all set for summer? Don’t forget to link up your summer home tour on Friday, June 7th at the Shabby Creek Cottage summer-tour-of-homes-schedule

DAY 1 (June 3rd)

2 – The Nester @ Nesting Place
3 – Mandi @ Vintage Revivals
5 – Ashley @ The Handmade Home
6 – Kristin @ The Hunted Interior

DAY 2 (June 4th)

1 – Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative
3 – Chris @ Just a Girl
4 – Brooke @ All Things Thrifty
5 – Karen @ The Graphics Fairy
6 – Emily @ Decor Chick
7 – Roeshel @ DIY Show Off

DAY 3 (June 5th)

1 – Melissa @ The Inspired Room
2 – Wendy @ The Shabby Nest
3 – Donna @ Funky Junk Interior
4 – Marianne @ Songbird
7 – Brittany@ PrettyHandyGirl

DAY 4 (June 6th)

1- Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality
2- Traci @ Beneath My Heart
3-Stacy @ Not Just a Housewife
4-Jen @ Jennifer Rizzo
5-Lindsay @ Makely Home
6-Sandra @ Sawdust Girl

DIY Ombre Balusters

Ever think about those boring stair balusters?

Martha Stewart

Meet: Angie from

Angie's Roost

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.


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!

DIY Show Off in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine

(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!

Cottages & Bungalows Magazine - DIY Show Off

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.

DIY Show Off in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine

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?


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


At Christmastime

stair landing Christmas time

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DIY Project Parade ~ Custom Chalkboard Paint Tutorial and Edging Tips

I recently came across Christina’s chalkboard paint post from Designing by Numbers in the DIY Project Parade (thanks for the inspiration, Christina) and remembered that I had bookmarked Martha Stewart’s chalkboard recipe with grand plans that kept getting pushed back.  So, the next day I headed to True Value for supplies. (The True Value in Sarver, PA has a ‘mascot’…the sweetest dog who greets customers at the door, with a roll of duct tape in his mouth. Adorable.)
Our basement stairwell is a blank canvas.  Lots of plans, just needed to get started. 
I wanted a navy chalkboard so custom chalkboard paint was the solution. 
Color:  Benjamin Moore Hale Navy
I started with having my primer tinted.  Primer doesn’t really tint well, so the closest I could get was a bright periwinkle, but every little bit of pigment helps.
To make my project go quicker and because ceilings are high/scary and complicated, I use an edger. 
The secret to using this little treasure is dipping it into the paint at angle, keeping the wheels out of the paint. 
Then drag across up the ‘ramp’ of the paint tray to get off excess paint…
I “sneak up” on where the wall meets the ceiling and then move from side to side. (Don’t just smash down near the ceiling and start side to side.)  I also ‘smooth’ out the bottom of the edged paint line to keep it from dripping/building up and making a visible line. So: touch the edger to the wall below where you’re going to run your edging, then come back and smooth the line made from the bottom of the edger.
For high up/hard to reach places, I added an extension and stood on a ladder at terrifying heights (remember to keep as little as possible paint towards the side of the edger with wheels)…
Once the primer is applied and dried, it’s time to move on to the next step.

The recipe calls for 2 tbsp. of non sand grout for every cup of latex paint. Here’s the conversion for making one gallon of chalkboard paint:
2 tbsp. for 1 cup
16 cups in a gallon 
= 2 cups (32 tbsp.) of non sand grout in one gallon of paint

I used a 5 gallon bucket for mixing.
I alternated adding paint then a bit of grout (thanks to Christina for the tip). Then stirred.  Repeat until all paint and grout are mixed.
I used a paint stir. Tilting the bucket helps get the grout/paint mixed that sticks to the sides of the bucket.
The consistency is thick.  There are small clumps…keep stirring (a mixer-bit on the drill might be more helpful).  I did have a few bumps…but we’re not picky. Most dissolved or smoothed out with a paint brush (a little bit of a pain but overall – it was worth it). If we were perfectionists, we wouldn’t have bought an old fixer-upper farmhouse! This wall will actually be partially covered up (future project) and then a couple of years down the road, it’s being torn out when we get to the big basement renovation. The solution is to lightly sand between coats. 
Make sure you use a drop cloth and wear old clothes. Consistency is thick and splatters will occur. (Thankfully we have stairs waiting for slate tile…so although I was careful, it didn’t matter). A mask is preferable too. The fumes were on the strong side. Use same edging technique as mentioned above. 
I used a foam roller for the larger/middle task of painting the wall. 
Once I finished the wall, I put the lid on my bucket and my paint tray/roller in a baggy and let the wall paint dry overnight.
first coat, drying…
In progress but looking good!
Second day, second coat.  Next…the hard part. Rub the entire wall with the side of a piece of chalk. 
Then erase.
All set to accept chalk board writing!

More on our stairwell transformation coming up – you’ll never guess what we have planned.

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12 Bloggers, 12 Colors, 12 Days
of Holiday DIY

Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential

Dec. 2nd ~ WHITE ~ Domestically Speaking

Dec. 3rd ~ BLUE/PURPLE ~ Fireflies & JellyBeans

Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry

Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper

Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ A Girl and a Glue Gun

Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off

Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter

Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri

Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main

Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD 

Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

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Pretty Painted Stairs by Beth ~ Unskinny Boppy

Hi everyone! I’m Beth from Unskinny Boppy. First I’d like to say a big “Thank You!” to Roeshel for allowing me to have the honor of guest posting here on her inspirational blog. I appreciate the opportunity to share my project with you guys. Today I’m finally ready to reveal my painted basement staircase (and the new board and batten!)Six months ago my basement staircase resembled something from a maximum security prison. 
 unfinished basement steps 
Dark, dank and sort of scary with unfinished concrete block walls and cheap grey indoor/outdoor carpeting. It was not exactly a warm and welcoming place to be. Today it’s been transformed with a little bit of paint, putty and some 1x4s! Check it out:
 Board and Batten on staircase 
 Months ago I had pinned a photo of Jonathan Adler’s painted beach house stairs , and I knew that was the look I wanted to try to replicate. I do believe I got very close to my inspiration project.Here is Jonathan’s design: 
And here is mine: 
how to paint wooden steps 
Let me back up just a minute here and say that I have a bit of a paint sample addiction. Whenever it is time to choose paint colors for a room I agonize over the paint fans for hours, then we make a run down to the local Sherwin Williams and buy their $5 quarts of sample paint. I firmly believe the best way to tell if you really like a paint color is to get as much of it on the actual wall as possible. After living in this house for 18 months and painting almost every room in it (and some rooms twice!), I’ve acquired quite a collection of paint samples. It might even be a borderline hoarderish tendency since I refuse to throw any of them away. They sit on a bookcase in my basement just in case I find a piece of furniture (or stairwell) that needs a coat of paint on it. Here are all the samples I used for this project. Yeah… 
Since this staircase is basically the first thing my husband sees every day when he arrives home from work, we wanted it to be a brighter and more cheerful space. Plus, the basement is in the process of being remodeled so it was hard to imagine leaving that ugly carpeting on the staircase with all new paint, sheetrock, and trim throughout the rest of the space. So one day my husband ripped all the carpet up with his bare hands. Of course I have no photos of this event since he simply came upstairs and announced “Carpet’s up!” And I was all, “WHATthewhat?!?” Well, allrighty then. This is what they looked like for a few months during the construction process. Sexy, huh? Not at all creepy.
So, what do you do when you have a set of bare wooden steps that have been toe’ up from the flo’ up and fifty quarts of Sherwin Williams paint samples in various shades of blues and greens and greiges? You paint a blue/green/greige rainbow, of course! And that’s just what I did. Every stair riser got a different paint color. I’m kind of ashamed to admit I could have painted about three more sets of stairs and not used the same sample twice.
 white and blue basement stairs 
Before painting I had to pull out all the staples left behind from the cheap carpet. A pair of pliers made short work of that job. Then I went behind with a tube of spackle and filled in the holes and crevices in the wood. You can tell from my photos that I wasn’t exactly a perfectionist about the putty job. I missed some spots and I really need to touch up the paint again, but I’m ok with them just the way they are. They have more character this way. At least that’s what I tell myself. In reality I’m just too lazy to go back and finish the job.  
For extra gripping power on the stair treads, I recommend using Sharkgrip Slip Resistant additive to your paint. You simply mix this stuff into your paint and shake it up, and when it dries it makes the floor super-skid resistant. Nothing slippery about these painted floors.
 Here is the view from the top:board and batten walls 
I’m considering getting a runner to give the treads a little bit of color. For now, I’m still lazy good with the white. I also adore the board and batten finish on the staircase. That part of the project was done by my painters while they were finishing the other trim in the basement. I cannot claim the B&B as my own DIY project, but the stair paint is 100% me! And my knees were happy to get this project completed. Since no DIY project is complete without a good Before and After photo, here is mine:
 stair painting Before and after photo 
I hope you guys enjoyed my new basement staircase reveal. I’m crossing my fingers and toes that I will be able to have a FULL basement remodel reveal on my blog within the next few weeks. I’d love for you to visit my blog and see it when it’s done! 
Unskinny Boppy
12 Bloggers, 12 Colors, 12 Days
of Holiday DIY

Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential

Dec. 2nd ~ WHITE ~ Domestically Speaking

Dec. 3rd ~ BLUE/PURPLE ~ Fireflies & JellyBeans

Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry

Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper

Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ A Girl and a Glue Gun

Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off

Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter

Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri

Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main

Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD ~ WhisperWood Cottage

Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

Handy Man, Crafty Woman

Meet:  Laurie from

Handy Man, Crafty Woman
She hosts a wicked awesome DIY party…

and she has some great DIY transformations too!

Beautiful after…
Living room before and after
Dark before…
Let there be light! I love the light walls and beautiful wood trim!
See more DIY from Laurie at

and link up to the Wicked Awesome Wednesday party!
Thanks so much for sharing your hard work Laurie (and handyman!).  Great job!

Bees Knees Bungalow

Jeanne at Bees Knees Bungalow is all about DIY, paint and the awesome things it can do to refresh and improve a room.  They’ve done their whole home themselves including a wrap-around porch.  Here are a few of the transformations you can find at 
{Bees Knees Bungalow} 
Powder room before…
Is beautiful now (love the soft colors and the awesome floor)!

See more details and pictures at 

Small Bathroom – BIG Change

I have a thing for numbered stairs and Jeanne’s basement staircase is super cute…
Before, not so much…
And the door at the top of the stairs?
Now looks like this…
Love it!
See how she did it at 
One more!  Here is her kitchen when they bought their home…
Yikes – she says that’s wood-grained carpet!
Now though, it’s an eating space full of personality with a pretty tin ceiling, wainscoting and painted diamond wallpaper-look! I see that same design at Ballard Designs!
Thanks so much for sharing your home, Jeanne!  I love what you’ve done!

The Nest on the Hill

One of my most favorite things = old homes.  Not that I don’t love new homes!  Some days I’d trade old and drafty for new and energy efficient in a heart beat but being a DIY girl and owner of an old farmhouse, recycling and fixing up something already built is my passion.  So, imagine my excitement when I “met” blogger Shannon from The Nest on the Hill.  They are making their 1914 Victorian home theirs.  Since June, they’ve been DIY-crazy and doing a beautiful job.  Here are some before and afters!

Front porch, door and landscaping before


Hallway and Stairs Then
Hallway and Stairs Now
Living Room Then
Living Room Now
Dining Room Then
Dining Room Now
Master Bedroom Then
Master Bedroom Now
Upstairs Bathroom Then
Upstairs Bathroom Now

  • I love how fresh the front door area is with the new mailbox and how neat landscaping is now. It’s so welcoming!
  • Carpet on the stairs before 2, finished wooden stairs after 10!
  • Bare and no personality in the livingroom before.  Modern and comfortable after place to relax now!
  • Boring dining room to WOW! 
  • Master bedroom:  Plain Jane to Fun and Colorful! What a wonderful way to wake up everyday.
  • All white clean slate in the upstairs bath to oo-la-la spa.  Check out that tub now!
Shannon & Dan – you two are doing a super job!  Keep up the good work! I love seeing the progress and I think you have the perfect name for your blog.  The old Victorian is transforming into your Nest on the Hill!  A labor of love and the rewards are big! 


Stop back! I’ll be doing a CSN giveaway in honor of the DIY Show Off readers.  I appreciate you so much!  Your support when I started this blog about our DIY journey was so helpful.  Especially when we tend to look at what’s not done, you remind us to celebrate what we have done instead.  I love seeing your creativity and DIY projects.  You’re so talented!  You’re always so quick to offer comfort.  You worried right beside me about Niski when she was paralyzed and your prayers = miracle. She’s walking.  Your thoughts and prayers for peace for my dad and family through this sad time mean the world to us.  Since I can’t offer you an individual thank you gift, this giveaway is the best way I know to celebrate YOU.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Foyer Transformation

The transformation you’re about to see is a beautiful! transformation right before your eyes! Pretty but outdated wallpaper to light beautiful simplicity.  That’s the results of the hard working team at With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart.  
Here it is before:
Lucky L – the wallpaper came off in less than 2 hours for her!
Wallpaper – gone!

After stripping the wallpaper and scrubbing the walls, she have spackled and primed the walls, painted the walls and gave all of the trim two fresh coats of paint. I love the new color and fresh white trim!

These once carpet covered stairs got a new look!  Don’t you love the detail?  So unique and pretty!

But L cracks me up!  The design reminds her of a peering man with a mustache after staring at the design so often while applying it.  Things like that happen to me too! She couldn’t live with twelve angry men looking at her each time she went up the steps, so she covered it all up with primer and paint, re-measured the center and stamped them with this pretty fleur de lis.

Some more DIY skills, creative thinking and  finishing touches (see her original post here)…

Looks like a photo straight out of House Beautiful to me.  Don’t you love the fresh new updated look? I love her decorating and accents. Walking in the front door every day must put a smile on her face.  🙂

Wainscoting and Picture Frame Molding

I love this DIY project at Impatiently Praying for Patience! Here is Katie’s post:


One more project is complete…Hallelujah! So lets go back and remember how boring the foyer looked before.
Then we started to put up wainscotting.
Then we got the wainscoting up.
Then we got it painted.
Then last but certainly not least Mr. Genius finished the wainscoting for the rest of the foyer!!!!
Sorry about the bad photos…it started raining when I finally had a minute to take the pictures. Not that I am a photographer or anything but I do know that natural light makes it look so much better.
We…meaning Mr. Genius…put some more boards up the staircase. I like it even better.
I am really happy with how it looks!

I Love it Katie! Once I learn how to use the miter saw – I’m considering it!
Thanks for sharing your amazing work!

Do you think it’d look good here in my living room? Here is a picture of mine:


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Staircase Transformation – Opposite Attraction

I love Melinda’s staircase transformation. We removed carpet from our stairs too but I’ve been keeping an eye open for a runner and have even considered painting one. Melinda did a fantastic job. Here is the post from her blog, Opposite Attraction:

Our Staircase Transformation

I recently bought Lance both the first and second Transformer movies and like a little boy he watched them over and over again. 🙂 Now I can relate to my husband’s fixation with the Transformers… It reminds me of my fixation with a good before and after. You can never see enough!!
It’s from those amazing bloggers, that inspire me to do a little transforming myself. Step over Optimus, and take a look at the before of our staircase:

Pretty rough, huh? There is no telling what that nasty thing would have done to my man’s allergies! But I had hope with inspiration from House Beautiful like this:
So after buying a few supplies, I am pleased that the staircase now looks like this:
I kept the original railing and cleaned it and applied polyurethane to it. I did have to replace the bottom tread because underneath all that nastiness…it was broken. The best part is a friend installed it for free!
I love the way it looks up against the hardwood..
Cost Breakdown:
Runner Installation $100.00
Runner: $80.00 LOWES
Hardware: $10.00 LOWES
Kilz: $15.00 WALMART
One Tread: $9.00 LOWES
Polyurethane: GARAGE FREEBIE 🙂
**carpet padding was included in installation**
TOTAL COST: $214.00

I don’t know about you, but I love it and the cost? Awesome! Great job Melinda! Thank you so much for sharing your hard work and beautiful transformation! She’s a new blogger so pop over and say hi. She posts beautiful inspiration photos and you’ll want to check out her nook!


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