Thursday, September 27, 2007

Oldies

Here is a little before post, the condition of the stairs as we moved into the house, I have had several questions regarding my stairs, so this is the way they started, it was a big job but well worth the effort, I love my painted stairs, I pulled hundreds of staples filled many gouges, and they are now far from perfect but lovely just the same.
I have shown many photos of my kitchen , I have done lots of work on it over the years, the cupboards were really ugly oak, which I chose with the intention to paint.This is a photo after I had painted and glazed the cupboards, which left the room dark and dreary, now I love my kitchen white bright and tiled, just as I could've dreamed it up.
I thought it would be fun to show you how it started many years ago.


Years later I added the panelling which has given the stairs a built in feel as opposed to the floating there look that they had, I love old homes especially the stair cases.




I wanted to show a photo of my old home, where I installed a transom window, or did I ??
The door and pass through opening were not even so I luckily found this transom at an antique market and it fit perfectly over the door way , the glass was textured and I painted the section behind blue to give the authentic look of a window, it was sad to leave it behind, I hope the new owner likes it as well.

These were the stairs before the runner was installed, a good 6 months, I also love the clean bare look of that but it was a bit slippy, and it was hard at times to see where one step started and the other began from the upper floor, one close call for me on those bare stairs. Look at my baby , she wasn't even two in that photo, with her little bob, boy if I could have frozen her at that age....Sophie .


7 comments:

Stephanie said...

Awww...what cute pictures of your girls!
It's amazing how you have transformed your home. I didn't realize that you had painted your cabinets twice! But sometimes it takes a while for a house to tell you what color it wants to be!

restyled home said...

I love the faux transom!! I have seen that in one of your other pictures (although it was actually moulding), and I wandered around the house looking for a spot I could do it. But, sadly, our ceilings are only eight feet tall. So sad...

Linda

p.s. your babies are awfully cute!!

chriskauf said...

Our ceilings are 8 feet as well.

restyled home said...

What? Do explain...

Linda

Stephanie said...

I just noticed that my daughters had that same dress that Sophie's wearing in the first pic. Baby Gap, right?:)

chriskauf said...

Yep baby gap. bought for her to wear at her grandma's wedding at 4 weeks, grandma like to buy big sizes , as she is probably 20 months in that photo.

onelittlemustardseed said...

Kris, did you replace the treads with hardwood or did you just make do with the original steps...my stairs are old and have a runner but I can't afford to replace the treads yet with hardwood ones, so I plan to paint them one colour then the risers another. However, like you, i have guages and holes and it drives my hubby crazy...was it much work to make them look good??