Staircase Update No. 374: Runner Me This

That number is completely made up.  But let's jump right in!  Looky what I'm considering: I know when I updated you last week, I mentioned using color for my stairs.  Lots of it.  And I think that sounds awesome.  But when I spotted these black and white curtain panels at Ikea last week, I fell in love with the pattern.  I can't explain it, but I had to take them home to try them out.  In all honesty, it was probably the fact that for $12.99, I can cover more than half of my stairs with … [Read more...]

Corbel Contemplating

When I picked up this corbel a few weeks ago, I thought that it might wind up as a nightstand in the guest bedroom similar to how other bloggers have done here and here. But now, I'm thinking it's too pretty and quirky to tuck away in a bedroom that I haven't actually had anyone sleep in since moving in (which is mostly my fault as it hasn't taken priority to actually decorate over the other rooms like the one with a working toilet).  Now, I'm thinking that this little decorative nugget … [Read more...]

Dueling DIY: Stair Runner Tryouts

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Usually, the first rule learned in DIY is that things don't always work out the first time around.  As evidenced so far with my terrible idea to paint the stairs white.  I'm glad I've since come to my senses and painted them black in the epically long challenge Kit and I dubbed Dueling DIY, but the question I seem to get the most often is: with Charlie walking around on them, do they ever get scratched? Yes, of course they do.  And last night, I took a picture to show ya.  That last step on … [Read more...]

Fifteen Wall Surfaces

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I briefly mentioned it yesterday, but it bears repeating: there are fifteen different wall surfaces in this house that are turning from a medium tan to a light greige. Among these surfaces include: the hallway to the kitchen (done) the entryway nook (done) the bow window in the living room (halfway complete) the wall along the fireplace (not yet started) the support wall separating the living room and staircase (not yet started) the (obnoxiously tall) staircase walls (meh - maybe … [Read more...]

The Other Bright Side

Guess what next week is?  Finals.It's actually just one final.  And I know what you're thinking: wasn't I just complaining about starting the semester a month ago?  And wasn't I complaining about an exam last week?Yes - yes, I was.  Because I wasn't paying attention when I signed up for my Tuesday graduate school classes and unwittingly took on a "mini mester" course in addition to my normal two-classes-every-other-Saturday schedule.  Before I knew it, I was staring down the barrel of an eight … [Read more...]

A Day Off

Nowadays, having "the day off" from work hardly means that I get to actually spend time doing leisure activities.  Instead, I'm usually hard at work on the house.  And then I take a nap or take the dog to the park and allow myself to do a little leisure reading before getting right back to DIY.Since I have "the day off" today, I'm taking advantage of the sunlight and photographing a few projects I've been meaning to show you.  You see, I get most of my DIY done at night, which is less than … [Read more...]

Entryway Changes & An Atlanta Discovery

Today's post is sponsored by Simons.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.I must learn to weld.  That's the thought when I saw this entryway:I have found an entryway that perfectly demonstrates what I want mine to look like.  Only this one was created by Life begins at thirty, right? (love that blog name).  The changes I'd make to turn this look into my own:  handmade art (something like one of these springs to mind), different rug, and a black newel post. That's about it.  It's stunning, … [Read more...]

Dueling DIY: Decisions, Decisions

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It's time for another update on the staircase showdown... Kit's been quiet this week.  I figured it was either that elves had kidnapped her, or she was really working hard to recover from the smackdown I'd laid last week.  As for my progress this week?  Meh: Not much looks like it has changed since last week for me.  I could say that it's all thanks to a finance exam that took priority earlier in the week, but believe it or not, I've still made progress.  It only looks like little change … [Read more...]

Dueling DIY: Primed and Ready

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It's time for another update on the most exciting competition about staircases you've ever seen... Come to think of it, I hope this Dueling DIY is the only competition you've ever seen about staircases.  Not because I want to be original... but because if you have seen multiple staircase competitions, I think you should question your lifestyle choices.  Go outside, would ya? Anywho, I made some significant progress on the stairs.  And I had a helpful visitor swing by, too: Mom wanted to … [Read more...]

Many Shades of Black

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A little before and after this week seems like just the thing I need to feel like I'm back at my usual DIY programming (and the last project I'm likely to finish before #DIYcember ends). I thought about painting the door ages ago and couldn't make up my mind.  I was loving all of the inspired images I found on Pinterest for black interior doors... but there just never seemed to be the right time to make this little project happen.  Then, just as tidy little projects tend to do... I got a … [Read more...]

Paint It Black

Some nights I have all the patience in the world. Total lie.  I never do.  But some days are better than others.  Last night was not one of those nights.  And the fun thing about having a dog is that she can pick up on all of my moods.  Charlie sensed my frustration and immediately demanded extra cuddle time.  Poorly painted door be damned. When it comes to painting a glossy surface like a door, thin and even coats are the name of the game.  But I went out to dinner with a friend last … [Read more...]