Here she is - the staircase I have always wanted!
Ack! I'm in love! He used an oil-based paint and only applied 2 coats. I'm sorry I don't know the brand of paint he used. I didn't want a full coverage. I asked him to let a little wood grain show through so it would look more like a stain. Painting is much less labor intensive than staining. There's a lot less sanding involved as you don't have to remove the top coat of poly from the wood treads. He did sand them lightly just to give the paint something to stick to. I would only recommend using an oil-based paint for a project like this one. It really is more durable than acrylic. Each coat had to dry about 8 hours before anyone could walk on the stairs. Thank goodness we have a first floor master! The kids enjoyed sleeping in our room for a couple of nights. We were thankful when the stairs were completely dry and they could return to their own beds. ;) Again, this is a project I could have tackled on my own, but getting it done quickly was sort of a priority (what with the kids sleeping in our bed and all). No doubt this would have taken me much longer than it took our professional painter friend.
I never got a true before picture. Here's a glimpse of how they looked before.
Is the black going to be easy to keep clean? I'll answer that with a question. Is anything easy to keep clean when you have 2 kids and 2 dogs? Some of the very best things in life are high maintenance. Babies and black floors are two of them. In my opinion - both. are. totally. worth. it!
As for the "telling our story" part of this post, I added some story telling artwork to the staircase wall. In addition to giving our entry foyer a sassy dose of snarkiness, I also wanted to give it some history. I guess I like to let the walls do the talking? I picked up some frames in the home section of Kroger. They were marked 50% off and cost $10 each. They came with a white mat that had three 8x10 inch openings. I had space for five of them on the staircase wall. Can you think of anything else of which we've had five? Does five houses ring a bell? ;) I enlarged a black and white photo of all five of our houses and hung them in order first to last (and current) going up the staircase.
Here is a close-up of our third.
That house will always be very special to us. It is where we went from a family of 2 to 4. Even though our daughter had only lived there for 6 weeks when we moved to Pittsburgh.
The hubs printed the numbers and addresses from his computer. He doesn't remember what font he used. This is why I'm the blogger. ;) My only regret is that we used regular printer paper; card stock would have looked much better I think. I didn't think of this until after I had hung them via black command strips on the wall. Did you know they come in black now? So great for hanging black frames!
Measuring and hanging these frames was super fun! Said in my most sarcastic voice ever. All I can say is I hope these stay on this wall for a long time because I DO NOT want to go through the process of hanging pictures on a staircase wall ever again. Make sure you have a partner to help you. You will need someone to pour you a glass of wine. ;)
Anyone else enamored with all things black and white? What type of artwork is hanging in your entry foyer? Have you framed a picture of your house -past or present?
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