14 Jun 2013

The Basement Stairs

Ok, I am going to declare the basement stairs officially done! Phew! 

I honestly don't think that we have had a project in this house that has lasted quite as long as those stairs.  They were the one thing that neither of us were excited about and we just kept putting it off and putting it off.  We'd do one little bit and then take a big break before we could muster up the energy to do another task (breaks that were months long...bad, bad, bad).

Whoever built this house didn't do a great job and there were gaps between the stairs and the walls.  It look a bit of manoeuvring and some plywood, but we were able to fix it (just don't go jumping on the very edges next to the wall, ok?).  We also drywalled, taped, mudded, painted, laid the flooring, added nosing, added moulding, installed a light and painted and re-hung the banisters.  We decided that the drywall on the ceiling was beyond our skill level so we did hire that out (thank the Lord or I might have had a melt down).  

The flooring is vinyl planking, which is the same flooring that runs throughout our basement.  It's TrafficMaster by Allure in Maple.  I can't say enough good things about it.  It was super easy to install, inexpensive and so far has been very durable.  The only downside is that it doesn't have matching stair nosing or transitions.  To solve the problem we used nosing that is intended for linoleum.  

**I apologize in advance for some of these photos. This stairwell gets zero natural light.  Pair that with an overhead light, and you basically have the worse conditions possible for photography.

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Half way down the stairs there is a ledge.  I was quite undecided on what to put there for a while, but I finally landed on a big vignette of some of my favourite things. 


The grey chalkboard is the one I made a few months back from an old dresser mirror.  I'd really like a projector so that I can do some fancy artwork on it (my drawing skills end at stick people), but for now my song lyrics will do. 10 points to anyone who can tell me what song that quote is from (and no Googling...).


I added a few frames that I used to have up in the kitchen and filled them with some recent barn photos I took.


I had all of the spines of the books facing out, but it started to feel too busy, so I turned them all around.  I know it's a little shabbier this way, but I like it.  There was something about the old book pages and the sage green walls that really appealed to me.



I found the little globe at a rummage sale a few months ago for $3.  It was the first thing I saw when I walked in the door and I scooped it up in lightning speed. 


On the other side of the ledge I have leaned a big poster in a simple frame (too bad the ceiling light is stealing the poster's thunder!!).  This poster was actually my brother and sister-in-law's and they gave it to me years ago (after a bit of begging...).  It's old, but I still totally love it.  I don't think I will ever get rid of it....maybe just treat it to a new frame one day.  I am a bit of a country girl and the #1 radio button in my car is set to the country station (hint for the 10 point question above...).


Since these stairs took us so long to complete, I am really happy that they turned out the way they did.  I like being able to see little bits of us sitting on the ledge whether I am going up or down the stairs.


The colour on the wall is Spartan Stone by Behr, which is the same colour as throughout the rest of our basement....which one day I might clean enough to show you!

Hope you have a great weekend.  We've had rain (and tornado warnings) here all week so we are very much hoping for some nice sunny weather.  I have a Week's End post coming up on Sunday and then a very cool giveaway on Tuesday, so make sure to come back for that.


13 comments:

  1. they look so pretty and i love the shelf area!

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  2. Love how the steps look. So bright and styled so pretty!!
    (I burst out laughing at your nice comment about the Allure Traffic Master. We have the exact same color in our basement and I can't say enough bad things about it. I love the look though. You should read my post, I'm fuming! Home Depot was great about it though. It was a disaster!!!!!)

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    1. Oh Julia, that's so funny! I will go read your post. I am so in love with it. I actually want to redo our main floor with it. The only thing I really dislike is that there are no stair nosing or transitions.

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  3. the stairs look great as well as your styled shelf!

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  4. I love the color and I love how you layered a bunch of things on your ledge. Yay for crossing things off the to-do list!

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    1. I felt really good about crossing this one off! More than a year in the making! Have a great weekend.

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  5. I think the stairs turned out great and I really love the paint color. I know exactly what you mean about putting a project like that off for as long as possible. We hired my dad to install our new treads and risers about a year ago.

    I think it would have lead to a marital split if we had done it ourselves, especially since dad uncovered some unexpected challenges along the way! :)

    Oh and btw - I think it's from a Jason Aldean song.

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    1. 10 points for you!!! We have tickets to see him in October and I am really looking forward to it. Are you a country music girl?

      I love your comment about a marital split! What is it about stairs that bring out the worst in us?

      Thanks for the comment.

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  6. Great job on the stairs Kelly! I'm impressed and I can certainly see that there would be fiddly little bits and corners that must have taken quite awhile to figure out. Love the pieces showcasing your life and loves. A home needs personality! Happy Weekend!

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  7. I love the ledge!! And that poster you got from your sister- worth all the begging!! And the globe was a great find, too. It has a wooden base? It looks great! The stairs and wall color are great, too!

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    1. Thanks Stacey. Ya, I just love that poster! It's one of the rare things I have that I have loved for 10+ years. Yes, the globe has a wooden base, it's very unique.

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  8. Love the idea of putting your favorite things on that ledge. And love the look of the books with the pages facing out instead of the spines. Great alternative.

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    1. Thanks Tiffany! I sort of want to turn all my books with the spine in!

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