Farm House Stairs Makeover
One day, in our former farm-house, I was looking at the stairs and was alarmed by what I saw. Peeking out from the plain and boring white paint on the risers was hints of 1970’s avocado green paint. To my horror, I realized this awful paint color had begun rearing its ugly head via shoe scuffs that had chipped away the white paint. I decided it was time for a change before the ugly green paint took over. My first plan of action was to prep the stairs with a little sanding to the areas with chipped paint and then followed by a thorough cleaning. I decided on a dark oil-based paint color (sorry, I needed heavy-duty traffic paint) for the risers and chose Deep Space by Benjamin Moore. After 2 coats of Deep Space and good 24 hours of drying time for each coat of paint, I took out my trusty set of stencil brushes and a set of number stencils (found at AC Moore) and got to work. The process was easy and the end result was playful. The numbers made for such a fun design impact. My kids thought the numbers were great and avoided step number 5 like the plague. Why you ask? Well, during their times of unruly behavior, step number 5 became the “time-out” seat!
“Oooooh… step number 13!”
…. but wait, I didn’t stop at the stairs. David had built a bench for the kids to use in the kitchen as a step stool. The bench had been sitting in the kitchen unfinished and screaming out for me to paint it. I decided to paint the bench as step number 13 as a humorous nod to the unlucky number 13. Ever notice in some elevators there is no “13th” floor? Me, superstitious ….obviously not!
Sorry folks, I didn’t do this as a DIY. The stairs and bench were done way before this blog was ever envisioned. If you have any questions on how to complete this project, send me an email or leave a comment and I will be happy to answer them.