Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Home is Where the Heart is Home Tour: Staircase Reveal!

This project has been in the works for a long time, so I'm super excited to show y'all the results! (If you'd like to see our inspiration for these stairs, click here.)

I just so happened to snap a picture of Puck coming down the stairs, but it was blurry. I thought it would be really cute to use a photo like that, so I made her go up and back down the stairs again. and again. and again. 

 "Come on MOM! Not again!"

It is impossible to get a picture of all 13 steps, but we painted the bottom 4 risers Castille, the next 3 risers Crater Lake, the next 3 Provence, and the last 3 risers are Skyward. They are all paint samples from Olympic paints. The paint only cost us 12 bucks! The very top riser isn't painted just yet because we have to transition the new flooring upstairs. But as soon as that is done, I'll paint it Skyward!  Instead of buying new treads at 50 bucks a pop, Jared cut them himself and I stained them with Cabot stain in English Chestnut. What I really love about it is that each tread looks different. The stain really brings out the character in each piece of wood. Jared also cut, painted, and installed the new white trim along the stairs.

I'm making this project sound really easy-peasy, but a drunk hobo built our house and Jared had to do about a million measurements and weird cuts to get the treads and risers right. In total, it took about 2 months from start to finish with Jared working on it in his extremely rare spare time. It paid off big time because even though Jared gutted the stairs and only had the stringers left to work with, this project only cost us around 200 dollars!

Here are some in-progress photos so y'all can see how sad it was before:

This is what the stairs looked like when we moved in. Nice but not very special. If you imagine at least 2 years of two grown adults, a dog, and a cat tromping up and down these stairs with the added bonus of my vacuum cleaner attachment breaking a year ago and me not being able to properly vacuum these stairs, the end result is pretty gross.


I cut the carpet out and it was absolutely NASTY. Two showers later, I finally felt clean. We were left with white uneven stairs.

Jared knocked out the old treads.

"Um, am I supposed to get down?"

And he cut new ones.

I stained them with the closest stain color we could find to our new floor.

And he installed them along with our new trim pieces.

Then he cut the risers and I painted them!

Of course, then he installed them and we ended up with our beautiful stairs!

Side note: I meant to sweep off the stairs before I took this picture. I just realized I didn't actually sweep them. Oops. 
Anyway, here are the rest of the photos!

The large window is full of our family members' wedding photos along with some wedding advice we received at the wedding.

My sister painted the heart and crown in the clipboard, and I cross-stitched the "Hands to work, hearts to God" circle. The picture in the blue frame is from our honeymoon!

The sheet music is from our wedding, the pants hanger is holding a painting of Lafayette Square in Savannah which was right next door to where we stayed on our first anniversary trip.

The embroidery came from my mother-in-law. She said it was a gift from their wedding over 30 years ago!

I painted this 12 dollar thrift store mirror a while back and I love it!

It might be a little dirty, but oh well.

I made Jared this painting for Valentine's Day a few years ago. It spells out "I love you" in binary code.

That blue frame holds my favorite picture of Jared ever.

My friend Chrissie painted this for me for my birthday last year, and I can't get enough of it! It looks like stained glass!

This side has all of our black frames. They are mostly full of our wedding photos! Those blue bottle trees were centerpieces at our wedding. We pulled the ladder from an abandoned play set we found behind our fence.

And the upstairs view!

I'd like to change the railing to something funkier, and I'd like to get rid of that coat rack with something different because I hate it so much. I.HATE.IT.SO.MUCH. We always hang way too much on it and sometimes I'll turn around and think there's a person standing in the corner. It scares me every time. But other than those things, I'm in love with this project!


  1. Hi, Tristan! I follow you and your sister on Tumblr, and I've been reading this blog for awhile, but I've never commented. Your house is adorable. You're such an inspiration, in many ways. Have a great day and may God continue to bless you and your family. :)

    1. Thank you so much, Angie! When Katie and I talk about Tumblr, we always end up saying something like, "Did you see what Cajun Mama posted?" We love your tumblr! I hope God blesses you and yours as well. Thank you again!

  2. Ermygarsh I love love love the whole space! I think I'd put a chair where the coat rack is just so I could sit and look at the stairs all day.

    1. Thank you, Cat! I'm thinking of putting hooks on the wall so I'll still have a coat rack, but I won't think it's a fat man in the corner. When we first added the risers, I did sit against the wall and stare at them for a while. I can't get over how they turned out! Thank Jesus Jared is handy!


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