I did it!! I finished the makeover of the steps!

They started out sporting mauve carpet when we bought the house. But all that carpet had to go. All of it. I remember my dear sister taking out about a million carpet staples on each step while pretending to be Cinderella with my 10-year-old daughter. Hurry and finish those steps, Cinderella and you can go to the ball. K?DSCN3312I was happy with the carpet removal and mustard (?) painted treads for quite some time while I pondered how to refinish them–for 2 1/2 years.

In December, I decided to sand and stain the treads and paint the risers black. I got a palm sander for Christmas then discovered that mustard paint is lead based so I pondered a few more months what to do.IMG_1619I painted a sample step with Annie Sloan Graphite and finished one half with soft wax and the other with Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil. I wanted to see how the chalk paint would wear on a step and which finish we liked the best. A girl’s gotta be thorough, no? I then waited another month to see how they’d wear.

Then, Dear Hubby finally said it’s time. Make a decision and make it happen.

So out of my great love for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and my lack of desire to deal with the lead paint, I choose to paint them Annie Sloan’s Graphite and wax them with soft wax.

Done. And done!Over the three years we have done the following work to the steps and downstairs hallway:

  1. Replace two broken spindles with custom spindles, stain to match
  2. Remove the 1980’s mauve carpet
  3. Paint the trim (Sherwin Williams Westhighland White)
  4. Paint the steps (Annie Sloan Graphite with soft wax)
  5. Paint the walls (Sherwin Williams Neutral Ground)
  6. Touch up scratches and dings on existing railing and woodwork (Restore-A-Finish)
  7. Move existing chandelier (to over the claw foot tub)
  8. Add recessed lighting, crown molding, and coat hooks in the hallway

I’d like to add a beautiful piece of antique lace to the window and some yet-to-be-determined interesting artwork to the wall at the top of the steps. Other than those small finishing touches, this baby’s done!

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