Stairway design DIY projects…
But I’m a pacifist, by nature. Turn the other cheek, do unto others, the whole “golden rule” bit. So, I haven’t stoned anyone when I got quotes for stairway work. Instead, I’ve taken out the ol checkbook, and I’ve spent some serious coin over the years on stair projects.
Take our first single family home. There was a stairway to the basement that looked like this…and we’ll call this:
Insanely Expensive Stairs Design #1
It wasn’t to code for X,Y & Z reason, so we decided it was a good idea to spend a gazillion dollars and replace the ENTIRE staircase…
It ended up looking like this…
Well, you can kinda-sorta get the idea. I never got a whole picture of the stair…don’t ask me why. I guess I was busy with an infant and probably never thought I’d be writing about our insanely expensive staircase someday.
Very Pricey Stairs Design #2
We moved on. Another house, another sad staircase. This one had ok bones. It was just covered in old, smurfy-colored carpeting. Another poor pic, but, I wasn’t really feeling this sucker was too deserving of a glamour shot, if you know what I mean.
So, we paid the man again. But THIS time, had them salvage the stringer and risers, and just bought new oak treads and railing. Less coin, but still lots of $$ to devote to stairs, in my opinion.
Here it is “in process” as I painted risers.
Much More Modestly Priced Stairs Design #3
Dirt Cheap Plan for Stairs Design #4
**UPDATE** This stair project is now finished! Which style did we go with? And if you want to know HOW TO PAINT STAIRS…head HERE.
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You did a terrific job on your new stairs. The dark stain makes a beautiful statement. What a grand entry!
As for the back stairs. Love the idea of painting them. The first inspiration photo gets my vote. It makes a great statement too. Good luck with your projects.
You picked the winner, Sarah! That's the one we went with! Will be posting the "after" very soon, and we love it!