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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 the bottom is usually where she rounds the hallway and takes an angled leap up the stairs, which is apparently perfect for making huge gouges along the edge (scuff marks are clearly visible).
No matter, though. I expected this all along and wanted to put a runner up the middle (first for traction, now for this). In fact, I already went out and purchased my first test rug from Ikea to see what a neutral runner might look like going up these steps. I’d already seen this runner used in other DIY projects (this one is very similar), so I was hoping it would be a good fit.
What I didn’t realize though, is that visualizing this is actually really hard for me. I didn’t purchase more than one test rug (hey, I’m cheap), and I didn’t tack things down to keep it snug on the stairs. But I see a too-beige rug that brings out all the wrong tones in my new paint color (yes, I know paint is cheap, but so are these rugs, and the rugs would force me to have to start repainting fifteen separate wall surfaces to make them work).
You can see what I mean in a photo looking directly up the stairs (I moved the rug a little higher just to see if my eyes could visualize the entire set better). The back tan wall will be painted the same color as the lighter greige going up the stair walls, so that rug will basically be the only tan thing. While I love the black and white contrast, the greige and tan contrast doesn’t work for me as much.
What do you think? Should I go lighter? Darker? Think I’m crazy and this rug would work just fine? See here for a few of the other options I was considering. And don’t forget, this staircase challenge update isn’t complete without mentioning a few of the other blogs who are still going strong:
Are you redoing your staircase? Join in on the fun and link up in the comments. Kit (the DIY Diva) and I began this challenge earlier this year in the hopes that a little competition would spur us to complete a damn project for a change (instead of starting eight at once), and I’m glad to say that despite the many other project distractions, I’m committed to working on this each week, no matter how painfully slow it seems to me. Kit got distracted too with things like fever-induced hallucinations, chicken nuggets, and runaway donkeys (both of which are totally real and not the fever), so for now, I’m giving the girl a break and giving her a little room to focus on keeping the animals (and herself) alive.
Okay, so maybe there was one text goading her, but in my defense, I first asked about the fever breaking before implying I’m whooping her ass at this competition. Because I care.