Thursday, April 28, 2016

Painting Plans - ORC week 4

For the past 4 weeks I've been participating in the Calling It Home - One Room Challenge as a guest participant. In addition to working on my own space, I've been following the progress of some super talented bloggers.

My ORC isn't exactly one room. I'm taking on the finished attic space in my home, and turning it into my dream craft room/studio/office. Full disclosure, I started working on this room before the challenge started. I removed all of the carpet, removed ugly ceiling fans, and started painting the walls and trim. I basically transformed the room from and ugly space to a blank slate. 

Since the ORC challenge officially started, I've laid Flor carpet tiles, DIY-ed a bed, sewed window treatments, painted a built-in dresser, assembled an Ikea dresser, and made some storage bins. This week I fully intended to tackle the remaining painting projects including the stairs. Despite my prep work, the space still needs a lot of paint: 
  • Walls need some touch-up
  • Trim needs some touch-up
  • Some trim still needs to be painted
  • Doors need touch-up (2) and painting (1)
  • Stairs need painting 
Prior to the ORC, I removed all of the carpet, tacks, staples and nail strips from the stairs.
Can you believe how much better they look post carpet removal?!? Lucky the stairs under the carpet were in great shape! The treads have nice rounded nosing and the wood only had minor dents and dings (mostly from my carpet removal efforts). The carpet removal was actually very easy, it was the removal of the staples, tacks, nail strips, etc. that took a lot of time and energy. 

Sooooo many staples 
I patched sanded and primed the stairs - making them ready for paint and/or a runner. I decided against a carpet runner for a couple of reasons - 1. cost, 2. vacuuming. I hate vacuuming the other two sets of stairs in my home. By painting a runner on the stairs, I can simply sweep the stairs to keep them clean. 

There are so many creative ways to paint stairs! After scouring Pinterest, I found this beautifully painted stair case by The Heathered Nest. 

via The Heathered Nest 
This post  has excellent step by step instructions which I intend to follow to the letter.

So as you've probably figured out, I didn't actually get around to painting the stairs this week. I put most of my weekend energy into yard work. And a lot of my weekday energy went to a consulting project I recently took on for a Foundation I used to work for. Fitting in 20+ hours a week of work into my schedule has been an adjustment. I know this sounds ridiculous, esp. considering I used to work full-time and some how managed to create/make/decorate and blog about it! Last night instead of painting I choose to work on a little craft project with my daughter - an agility course for her American Girl Pet. We had fun picking out fabric and paper, coming up with new ideas, and playing with our creation. I can't think of a better way to have spent that time. 

So I'm a week off schedule, but I still feel good about my progress to date. I did manage to buy the paint  for the stairs so at least I can check that off my list. 


Christina said...

Oh, those staples! Hopefully your hands are blistered and sore. That is one of the least fun jobs, but the results are so worth it, it's going to look great!

Hey said...

Removing old carpet is no joke! I am always amazing by the number of tacks, staples, etc. So much work but totally worth it. Can't wait to see your stairs completed. They are going to look amazing!

Jaclyn | One Thousand Oaks said...

This is on my project list as well. We will actually be tearing out our stairs and turning them 180. So I don't know if I will have to rip out all the carpet on it or if we are just going to do new stairs. If I do have to tear out the carpet I am not looking forward to it at all. LOL. I can't wait to see how yours turns out! I love the look of a painted staircase!

- Jaclyn

Mila @jestcafe said...

I really like the idea of painting the stairs! I am happy the wood was in good shape after taking out the carpet. This is going to look so good!

Lizzie @ Living Pretty said...

All those staples - does not sound fun! Love your inspiration staircase - it'll look great when it's done.

Tara Lehman said...

I know from personal experience what a huge pain it is removing carpet! I would much rather spend time in my yard verses inside anytime :). Good luck painting those stairs.


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