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Jeweled Interiors Fall 2018 One Room Challenge, before pics, colonial, piano, living room, dining room, entertaining space, miles redd, Jonathan Adler, ideas, before shots, Metrie, spoonflower, build.com, architectural depot, art, Milton and King, Viva Tropicana. Kelly Wearstler
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BEFORE & AFTER Basement Wallpapered Staircase makeover

WORTH THE WAIT!   I started this project in January of 2020 and I am FINALLY getting it done.  I can’t wait to show you our wallpapered staircase makeover project.

Before Staircase Makeover

 
This is how the house looked as we were moving in. Notice the carpeted stairs, tan walls, and 90’s handrail.
 
before staircase makeover, painted stairs, cook's blue, artichoke wallpaper, brooch flush mount, olive green, diy, budget friendly

That may have been a bit boring, but it was not the most obnoxious space in our home.  For the first year or so it was too low on the priority list to bother me.  However, sometime during the middle of January 2020 I couldn’t stand the accumulating stains on the old carpet, and I snapped.  I didn’t let a badly injured finger deter me from ripping up the old, nasty carpet.  I was exhilarated to see that the wood underneath was in decent condition, and I knew this project would be doable.

Stalled Halfway

 THEN REAL LIFE TOOK OVER and other projects took priority.  Due to time constraints, our stairwell had stayed untouched and half painted until last week. While it is a tad embarrassing, it is critical that you see these scary pics.

 
before staircase makeover, painted stairs, cook's blue, artichoke wallpaper, brooch flush mount, olive green, diy, budget friendly
before staircase makeover, painted stairs, cook's blue, artichoke wallpaper, brooch flush mount, olive green, diy, budget friendly
Last week, however, that all changed.
 

After Wallpapered Staircase Makeover

Wallpaper

Note: The Serena and Lily Artichoke Wallpaper for this space was largely sponsored, but the opinions are 100% my own.

 staircase makeover, painted stairs, cook's blue, artichoke wallpaper, brooch flush mount, olive green, diy, budget friendly, Serena and lily

One reason why I waited for so long to wallpaper this stairwell was because I hadn’t found the wallpaper that truly spoke to me.  I wanted something colorful and sophisticated enough to flow with the other rooms in my home.  Also, I have a lot of blue on my main level, so I was looking for something green to mix it up.

The Artichoke Wallpaper in this colorway checked all of the boxes.  It is a lovely and timeless pattern that feels both colorful and sophisticated.  I love the way that it ties together the green in our entryway and the blue in our kitchen.

 staircase makeover, painted stairs, cook's blue, artichoke wallpaper, brooch flush mount, olive green, diy, budget friendly, Serena and lily

There are three other things that I love about this  Artichoke Wallpaper.  First, it is part of Serena and Lily’s quick ship program.  That means that the wallpaper arrived within a couple of weeks after ordering.

Secondly, I love the quality of this paper.  It is thick and easy to hang…despite these crazy angles in my stairwell.

Third, I like the scale of the artichokes.  I love that they are big enough to hold their own on the wall without making you dizzy, but small enough that they don’t completely overwhelm the space.

Steps 

 staircase makeover, painted stairs, cook's blue, artichoke wallpaper, brooch flush mount, olive green, diy, budget friendly, Serena and lily

I considered staining the stairs to the basement, but I have different color woods on the two different floors.  Plus, I knew that paint would be a much easier task than staining.  My original plan was to add a pinstripe in each side of the steps, but in the end decided that this would be too busy and cancelled that idea.

One thing I like about this project is my color choice on the steps. Rather than matching the blue in the Artichoke Wallpaper, I opted to get the undertones correct and then punch up the blue a notch or two. I love the way that this bold blue plays against the olive wallpaper.

  staircase makeover, painted stairs, cook's blue, artichoke wallpaper, brooch flush mount, olive green, diy, budget friendly, Serena and lily

Railings

I debated hand rail options over the last year and a half.  I considered stripping down the railing that I owned, or replacing it with something raw wood, but in a more attractive shape.  I also thought about doing lucite railings as well, but that had a 7 week turn around time.  In the end, I found these matte black railings and love the way that they pay homage to our french return drapery rods throughout our home.  They arrived quickly, and I went that route.

 

 staircase makeover, painted stairs, cook's blue, artichoke wallpaper, brooch flush mount, olive green, diy, budget friendly, Serena and lily

I also went back and forth on the best option for the handrails at the bottom of the steps as well.  Like the other handrails, I also considered stripping them.  However,  I thought about the pain and logistics involved and quickly changed my mind.  Ultimately, I gel stained them…NOTE: They are STILL drying a week later, but I anticipate that this will be a good choice in the end. Fingers crossed.

Flush Mount

Originally, I was going to use a different wallpaper from Serena and Lily, but changed my mind once I saw the new release of the Artichoke Wallpaper.  I picked out this fixture to match the original paper, but am pleasantly surprised to see how lovely it looks in this space as well.  While I would have normally picked something more simple, I do think this still works because it plays off the shape in the paper.

 staircase makeover, painted stairs, cook's blue, artichoke wallpaper, brooch flush mount, olive green, diy, budget friendly, Serena and lily
 staircase makeover, painted stairs, cook's blue, artichoke wallpaper, brooch flush mount, olive green, diy, budget friendly, Serena and lily

Thank you so very much for joining me on stairway makeover.  I have a Serena and Lily eat in makeover coming later this week as well.

If you like what you see here, please feel free to check out my other projects, including my One Room Challenge in the works.

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