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 one panel, bringing the total cost of my stair runner to under thirty bucks.
I used some Frogtape to more closely hug the stairs and give myself a better visual idea of what it might look like when I’m finished.
And even if I add rubber kitchen lining underneath as additional slip guard (and a little bit of cushion), I’m still pretty sure the grand total would be somewhere around thirty bucks. Maybe $35 if I buy the lining at Walmart instead of the dollar store.
Other factors I’m considering adding for durability: taping the ends with something that would look leathery and keep the woven pattern from unraveling (I noticed the display had a little of this going on in the store, so I would definitely want to keep that from happening with the dog walking around on top), and painting some kind of coating (maybe poly?) on top to protect the fibers from staining/fraying, similar to the technique people use to paint sisal rugs.
Point is, I think it’s worth a shot. If it fails, I won’t have spent that much money on the experiment, and I haven’t found a pattern that I’ve been nearly as happy with yet. I could even paint a colorful pattern on top to add a bit more personality to the stairs (for example, painting this ikat pattern has my heart all a-flutter at its unique pattern without being too over-the-top trendy). Maybe a darker blue instead of gray, and gray instead of yellow?
Also in consideration: a painted drop cloth turned stair runner. I know I’ve seen this on another blog somewhere, I just can’t seem to find it today. But a simple stripe pattern like this would do very nicely (using maybe blue instead of the orange-y stripe).
So, what do you think? Which would you choose?