Next up in the so-far house tour is an area in the house that often goes unnoticed. The stairway and hallway. (You may want to check out the master, bathroom, living room, outside and dining room first.)
I think this is often a forgotten area of a house. But how many times a day do you go up and down the stairs or down the hall? Lots. It’s worth a little time.
And darn it, I smile each and every time I make my way up and down these steps. Which is a lot. (The bathroom and both bedrooms are upstairs.)
These stairs were a bit of a vision for me. I had this crazy idea to have some sort of wainscoting on the walls to cover the damaged areas from the prior owners’ cheap paneling. So, Ryan dry-walled and added the board and batten treatment (which by the way, is a super tedious process). But I never even imagined it would look this good.
The stairs – they were ALL Ryan. I didn’t think they were going to clean up at all (check out the before and progress photos at the bottom). These stairs were NASTY. Once we saw the amount of nasty on them in the form of adhesive, I had resigned myself to cleaning them as well as we could and slathering paint on them with a runner cover.
But my husband had other ideas. He worked on these stairs individually and spent a great deal of time stripping and cleaning and sanding and staining them. Wow. They are fabulous. I love that they still have the character of 100-year-old stairs, with dings and markets and darker areas. But, the white risers just really make them pop.
Moving on to what’s at the top of the stairs. A little nook area that I originally thought I’d make into a reading nook. But, the desk fit perfectly in the space so a little office nook was born.
It’s kind of a wasted space otherwise, but I like the antique desk and chair there. I’m just trying to keep myself from making it a junk dump zone. So far, so good. And this side gets a massive amount of light and heat from that window. Probably the most in the house.
The rug was a in-law hand-me-down. (Jealous?) It’s actually about an inch too big for the room, but I didn’t let that stop me. There’s a tiny little linen closet on the right side that’s actually serving as paint storage. I’d like to get it cleaned out soon and store linens and my sewing machine there. (Maybe.) Right now, that’s all in the basement.
So, those are the two smaller areas in the house. But, I think they pack a lot of punch. The stairs get the most compliments from guests.
And, now the progress pics.