Entries in staircase (144)


At Kim's house

Things are a little nutty at my house, as I'm trying to get some projects finished before the kitchen renovation work needs to start. I had 2 things I was determined to complete, the renovation of my staircase to the second floor, and my basement.

I took Friday off from work to start the stairs and I managed to get them pretty much done. A couple paint touch ups and a few nail holes left to fill but I am too tired to finish it. I thought I'd show some before photos first so you can see what I've been living with since December. This first photo is what the stairs looked like for about a month after I moved in.

I ripped the carpeting off because it was so dirty (from moving in a snowstorm) and not installed properly - I almost took a tumble down them a few times. This is the horror that was underneath. Linoleum tiles, aluminum trim and lots of paint splotches.

I am dying to paint all the floors in my house white, so the stairs were no exception. I painted them white, and the staircase is now so much brighter than it was. Now if I could just figure out how to get them to clean themselves...

Here is why I am too tired to finish the stairs. Below are photos of the remnants of what was on the floor in my damp and leaky basement (there's more that has to come out but I'm too tired and need help with the rest). I am so pissed off that someone was stupid enough to decide to hide leaks by putting down layer upon layer of plywood on a damp floor. The smell once the top layer of linoleum was removed was so disgusting. The wood in some places was BLACK and crumbly. I am afraid my cats and I will get sick from the mold. I wore a mask while I was working down there but the smell was so bad I can still smell it, and I feel kind of nauseous. There are alot of annoying and poorly executed things I keep finding around this house, but this one definitively tops the list of bad judgement.


Flickr finds - stairs

This is a 4 day weekend for my boyfriend and I, so I roped him into helping me redo my staircase. I'm refacing the existing totally gross stairs with new wood treads and risers that I bought unfinished, and I'm painting them white. Smart me, I'm painting them BEFORE we attach them because OMG, what would I do with 6 cats and a wet staircase. So hopefully this week or next weekend I'll have a finished product to show you. In the meantime, here's a before photo, and some other stairs I found on Flickr to get me in the mood to go give them a second coat.

Nicola Pohl Daveybrodenem
Edinlinkfor Joke!



Ashley emailed looking for some inspiration for a new banister in her home. I dug through my photo stash and thought the following photos of staircases might get her creative juices flowing, and mine too for that matter. (In conversations with Jo about what to do with my new house, she thought I should take down the wall going up the stairs and do something funky to open the stairs up a bit). So Ashley, hope this leads to a fabulous banister (which of course you've got to send us before and after photos of).

Chicago Home + Garden30e design
Christoff:Finio ArchitectureTsao & McKown
Alchemy ArchitectsMurray Fredericks
1100 architectSalon Interior
Alexander GorlinGuard Tillman Pollock/Mark Guard
1100 architectBKSK Architects
Alan TanksleyThis Old House
1100 architectD'Arcy Jones Design
D├ęcormagThom Filicia


Stairway to heaven

The name says it all. A little riser and tread thread.

Douglas MackieKen Hayden
FeinknopfAustralian Vogue Living
Douglas Mackie John Barman
Peter MarinoAustralian Vogue Living

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