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Milestones. Gotta love ’em.
Let’s travel back to when I first moved in to the house. The stairs looked like this:
And then I painted them white and realized a dirty dog and white steps don’t mix:
Just a few short weeks ago, Charlie’s butt was perma-parked on glossy white (and perpetually dirty) stairs. I was inspired to paint them black, but knew that this would be (very) far down on the to-do list while the dining room was unfinished. Then it all changed when Kit decided she wanted to re-do her stairs too – and challenged me to a throw down. Dueling DIY was born.
Thank you for your input, by the way – I’m very pleased with painting the newel post (if it wasn’t also the most awkward thing to paint other than the spindles!).
Now, the stairs are still dirty. But they look a lot swankier. And on top of that, I’ve found the motivation to finish off a project that would otherwise take me six more months to complete. And on top of that, several more of you have joined in on our little challenge to get even more accomplished. So, I should really be saying thank you for everyone who has been following along. It’s helped more than you know to hold myself accountable each Tuesday. And to think – all it took was a little painter’s tape, two quarts of Rustoleum’s Ultra Cover (which dries incredibly fast, by the way – something essential for a project like this), and cleaning off the stairs on a daily basis (blech). The paint is still new, so I’m watching for any major scufs or scrapes, but the stairs were in pretty rough shape as it was. So I’m very happy with the result!
Don’t count me out of the challenge just yet, though. The search begins for the stair runner, and there are more walls to paint to really give this makeover some extra pop.
Remember to check out a few other challengers: