Over our garage there is an unfinished “bonus” room, you can see pictures of our house and the garage here. My husband Rick has begun the process of getting it finished and I can’t wait. I’ve been using our bedroom as my sewing room and it’s getting pretty crowded with all my sewing paraphernalia!
Inspired by the old cape, colonial and salt-box houses and their painted stairs I decided to paint a runner on the bonus room stairs. Here they are before, the railing and risers are painted Farrow and Ball London Stone. The treads are pine and the small landing at the turn is the antique, reclaimed maple that we used on the entire first floor, you can see the story of our floors here. I had the floors finished in tung oil and after being in the house for a little over a year the floors look beautiful and have worn very well.
I agonized about the color/colors of paint and my husband stated “a real Yankee would use whatever they had on hand”. So I went to my shelf of paints and picked out a red, it’s an oops paint that I bought a while ago, Martha Stewart Ohio Buckeye. I measured and drew my guide lines and then taped them out in Frog tape, this is the part I dreaded but ended up being quite easy.
Here’s an in progress photo of the red.
I wasn’t concerned about the finish of the paint as my final vision was of the stairs/paint being worn and chipped. This red coat was the first coat, I wanted a couple of colors so when they wore down you would be able to see the original color. I don’t have a photo of the red completely done, it looked nice but I felt it was too dark and wanted to go with a much lighter second coat. My husband and sons really like the red and wanted me to leave it, I assured them that as they used the stairs the red would make an appearance. Here are the stairs in the second color. I decided on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Louis Blue. I LOVE this blue.
I used Annie Sloan floor lacquer to seal the stairs. It’s a pretty matte finish and I only applied one coat to allow for some wear. I’m living with the blue and deciding if I should paint some kind of design on the stairs. I just don’t know yet and while I figure that out I’m just loving the blue, my husband and sons are getting used to it ;)