Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Basement Stairs: 'The After - It's Fabulous!'

 All done! Whew!
I'm really pleased with the final results.
Quite a change from the before pictures, eh?!
I hand painted the numbers.

I didn't get my  'Ah-Hah! This is all so worth it!'
moment until I was painting the numbers.
It took me a few days to mull over how I wanted to do the numbers
& to recover from my weekend painting frenzy.
When I was doing the tracing it finally felt relaxing.  I love the 2 &3.

The Back Door:
I thought for a day or two on the word I wanted. 'Notes' was just not me.
Then on Tuesday, I got a whim -  and 'whimsy' was it!
Before and After:

How I did it: 

{Numbering the Stairs & Whimsy}

I did not want to cut out each number like I had done previously on the hallway doors.
After some thought it struck me. 
Duh! Transfer paper!
I had used this in art classes I had taken looonngg ago. 
I can't believe I hadn't thought of it sooner. So off to Michael's I went.

It's called transfer or graphite paper.  $1.99 a sheet and you can use it over & over again. Place the transfer paper under what you want to trace,
graphite side down - and trace.

Tips:I used black transfer paper for the stairs
and white transfer paper for the chalkboard.
  • I printed the numbers from my computer.
  • Font:  Bell MT - size 475 - bold
Centering the numbers:
The green runner is 24" wide. I simply measured the 12" center and marked each step.
Then I just eyed and traced the number print out.

  •  I painted them with white - two coats.
  • I did the same on the chalkboard door for 'Whimsy'.

 The French Doors: Um....better !?
Why in the world were these doors ever covered?
Shame on us for covering them up w/ the awful board and hooks!
(disclaimer: It was a horrid decision when the kids were smaller.)
Before and After:

It helps that it all turned out pretty darn adorable!
Enjoy!  Now it's time to go down these steps and do the laundry.

xo Jeanne.

For the tutorial on how I painted the stairs, click here.

*You all have been so kind in your comments!*
So glad you're loving the stairs!
They add so much personality to what was such a dreary spot.
Thanks for all the happy thoughts!


  1. Love those stairs!!!!!! I want to rip up the carpet on mine and paint them so badly. I just can't decide what color to paint them so I'm desperate to see what anyone else has done. The numbers are great!

  2. WOW!

    Looks fab. Love the whimsy.


  3. LOVE!!! This is so very cute! You never cease to amaze me!

  4. WOW! Great staircase-the before and after is amazing!-Claire

  5. AWESOME!!!!!! Absolutely AWESOME! I thought you might be numbering them and you did! PERFECTION!!

    LOVE the french doors!!

    Lou Cinda

  6. Stunning!! Love the detail. Found you at POPP

  7. Wow what a knockout~ I would love me some steps like that!

  8. Love your stairs! Stopping in from Time Travel Thursdays!

  9. What a difference a number makes in something. I have not seen stairs like this before.

  10. Oh my gosh--this is absolutely gorgeous and brilliant!!!
    I can't even imagine how hard it was to paint those stairs
    and also number them...this should be in a magazine...WOW!

  11. I love it- youa re right- fabulous! Great job

  12. What an amazing and most excellent job you have done there!! I can't imagine how much patience that must have taken, good for you!! Loving your creative talents Girl!


  13. i absolutely love this! such a great job you did...hand painted, you are good!
    i know you used the trabsfer paper, but still...
    amazing! love the "whimsy" and french doors too.
    very cute blog :)

  14. that is awesome! this is my fave project from power of paint! lovely!

  15. I *love* it! It doesn't even look like the same staircase. And what a great job you did with the numbers. You must have a really steady hand on.

  16. Awesome! your basement stairwell is very similar to ours which also just got made over!

  17. amazing!!! i love the numbers and the painted runner! too cute!

  18. I really like the stairs! They look great! what a cute idea. I am your newest follower. Check out my blog if you have a minute!

  19. WOW! Great transformation. So clean and inviting :D

  20. You have been a busy little lady, Jeanne! But, it was well worth it. Now even your basement steps look classy. ;)

    Thanks for linking to the party with your fun projects.

    Have a terrific weekend!

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  21. Why couldn't I have thought of this when I had stairs like these??? Great idea!!

  22. Amazing!! Everything is so very cute!

  23. What a fun staircase... love the green & white and the numbers make it perfect. I'm featuring your staircase in the PoPP Spotlight. Thanks for linking up.

  24. Looks great! A fantastic solution if you don't have the $ to "finish" your stairs.

  25. LOVE The stairs~ what a change! They look absolutely amazing and loving your back door too! Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  26. Bravo! Love how these turned out! Now rest your tired painting muscles!

    I featured you on my blog today, check it out!

  27. Great job on the stairs! I linked this to my stairs project post too - well done!

  28. Yeah, that's pretty cute and unique. It's good you changed the covered door with hooks there. Now it looks lively!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...