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!

30 comments:

  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!

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  2. WOW!

    Looks fab. Love the whimsy.

    Quandie

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

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

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

    LOVE the french doors!!

    Lou Cinda

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

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

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

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

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  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!
    XO

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

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  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!

    xoxo,
    Ellen

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

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

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  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.

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  16. Awesome! your basement stairwell is very similar to ours which also just got made over! http://sevensistersinchrist.blogspot.com/2011/01/steppin-up.html
    ~*S*~

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

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  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!

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

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  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!

    Hugs,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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

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  22. Amazing!! Everything is so very cute!

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  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.

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

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  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! :)

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

    I featured you on my blog today, check it out!
    http://jen-simplyliving.blogspot.com/

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

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

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