Friday, November 11, 2011

House Tour – Stairs and Hallway

Happy Friday everyone! Is it just me or has this week been going slooooooow! Not that it has been a bad week, it’s just dragged on! This week I’ve been working my behind off finishing some things for the up coming Onslow School craft fair! But, I’m there and excited to show off some of the things I love to create!

This past Tuesday a Rav full of ladies and I went to see Footloose (on cheap night I might add, $5.99, woo hoo!). I’ve heard mixed reviews about the movie. Some love it and others who had a connection with the old one didn’t like it. I went in there open minded though.


I have to say… I loved it! I had to hold on tight half of the time so that I didn’t start busting out the dance moves in my seat. I really enjoy fell good kind of movies. And this guy….

Willard 1

Made the movie for me! I love that dorky, funny kind of guy! I loved Willard!

They showed a preview clip before the movie of Breaking Dawn, Part 1 and I let out an excited gasp! I cannot wait to go see it next week!

Alright, onto the title of this post already. So, early on in the renovation we replaced the carpet upstairs. Gray, 20 year old carpet, bleh! We decided to replace the floor in the hallways and bedrooms with what was original to the rest of the house, birch.



Upon lifting the carpet we found more super glued  tiles…good golly! A little elbow grease and lot of blood, sweat and tears (well ok I was the only one that cried) it was all up!


The hardwood went down and I couldn’t have been any happier!

 Stairs 007


I personally have a dislike for carpet because I like to see the “clean” in my floors. My mind starts playing tricks on me wondering what could be underneath carpet. 

The stairs were a WHOLE other ballgame. Yes, they had the same dingy grey carpet on them and the railing my parents painted chocolate brown when they first moved in as newlyweds.


THEY PAINTED THE NATURAL WOOD CHOCOLATE BROWN. I nearly strangled them when I heard this.


We tore up the carpet, removed all the staples and then hired a professional to strip the stairs to their natural state.


It saved us A TON of money by leaving the spindles and risers painted and giving them a fresh coat of white paint. The railing, steps and big posts were stripped and then coated in a clean stain.


It was a lot of work to get all of it done. But here they are in all their glory, the new stairs.

Stairs 002

Stairs 003

Stairs 010

This was literally the first “big” project that was completed in the house. This project was the start of the “great renovation adventure of 2008, 2009, 2010 and on going”. Mom and Dad had never actually painted their walls upstairs before. So, we gave the white walls a fresh coat of paint and replaced the old brown light switches with new white ones!

Stairs 008

I didn’t have the heart to paint over this little scroll that Mom painted on the stairs when they were first married. So, it’s gonna stay probably forever or until someone else lives there and decides they don’t like it.

Stairs 005

Has it been a stressful process throughout these last 3 years of renovating? Heck yes. Is it over? Definitely not. But, it is totally worth it? Most definitely! It’s nice to have completed another part of the house. 

Happy Friday!



  1. I loved Willard too!!!

    Hallway/stairs look great!! Good job!!

  2. I loved footloose as well! And I will admit that you probably could have caught me busting out some dance moves in my seat....

    Great job with the renovations!

  3. The reno looks great, and I love the scroll your Mom painted.

  4. You truthfully have to love what other people did (your parents or not) before you got the house. Our house has left us scratching our heads a few times.

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    Your renovations look fantastic! You have such a lovely house :-)
    I love your Mum's scroll work too.

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