While walking through our front door the other day, I tripped over yet another pair of Uggs and just couldn’t take it any longer! I’m sure most of us are tired of our entryways being covered in boots, coats, hats, scarfs, gloves and backpacks. I spent that morning reorganizing our coat closet to create more space and cleaned out the foyer area. While deep into my “organize/redecorate” mode, I decided to tackle our stairs. I had previously whitewashed the treads but after a few years, the wash had worn off in places.
I decided on blue and grey for the risers with a whitewash. To apply the wash I took a bowl of water and dipped my brush first into the water and then into the (undiluted) paint (AS Old White) and applied the wash over the risers and treads. Using a soft cloth, I wiped the wash off the blue risers until I had achieved the right look.Here is the foyer now. It is clean and bright and ready for spring – although it looks so pretty today with the snow coming down outside the front doors.
The stairs add a pretty pop of blue. The console table was purchased at HomeGoods, as was the sunburst mirror. The wall color is Benjamin Moore Linen White.I also added a little thrift store table that I quickly painted white. It’s perfect for us to throw our keys on and at $5.00 a bargain! The mirror was also a thrift store score.
I’m sure that by the end of the day, our foyer will again be a mess of snow pants and hats. It’s all good as I know in ten years, I will be sorely missing these days!
That looks great!
Thanks so much!
chris aka monkey
oh wow that looks gorgeous suzanne what a transformation well done xx
Thanks, Chris! It was quite time consuming but turned out in the end!
The staircase looks gorgeous and singularly unique, as do all your painted pieces, Suzanne. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you Ardith! So kind of you!
Love the stairs! Your home is beautiful! x
The stairs are amazing. I have two sets of stairs that are very boring. I think I’m going to have to copy cat you yet again.
By all means! The stenciling takes a strong back lol but the rest is pretty easy!
The whitewash will hold up well with a coat of poly on them.
It looks amazing Suzanne. Did you finish with a wax?
Hi Laurie, thanks so much! No, I didn’t wax because I didn’t want the treads to be slippery and I don’t mind throwing another wash on them in a few years. The risers are pretty protected and the wash added another layer and they are pretty set. Cheers!
Love the stencil on the steps. It really looks wonderful & no one else will have a staircase like yours. Nice going. Love the color blue you picked. I love Home Goods, I went there yesterday.
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Looks really good Suzanne, love the color and the stencil detail. Yes, take it from someone who is there…you will miss these days. Although I sure don’t miss the messes.
Thanks Marie! I really will not miss the mess lol! The boots are back in front of the door this morning. Oh, yearning for flip flops!
You have done a great job with the stairs. How many hours did it take you to complete?
The time consuming part was the stencil. Painting the risers only took me about a 1/2 hour. The stenciling took about one hour and applying the wash and rubbing back took about another. Not too bad but it does hurt the back with all of the bending over! Thanks!
Cynthia - Clockwork Interiors
Lovely job! Very welcoming entry way. You sure get a lot done in a day! 😀
Did you treat the stairs with anything to prevent wear?
Hi Mary, no I didn’t wax as it could be slippery. I don’t mind going over them again with a wash as needed. If you want a more permanent solution, I would poly them. Thanks!
I know I feel this way all the time but honestly, Suzanne, you’ve totally outdone yourself! These stairs are amazing. The whole entry makeover is just stunning.
Thank you so much Coco! You are so supportive and it means a lot to me!
Absolutely Stunning Suzanne, love it!! Entry way looks amazing!
Thank you so much!
Elly and I love your “new” stairs!