Stairwell Reveal

I FINALLY did it!

Can you tell what it is?

I am generally not a procrastinator, but I certainly was dragging my feet on...

 painting the railing. 

It had an oak rail, newel posts and partial oak tread.

However, we put in beautiful walnut flooring in the two opposing rooms, the living room and the study...
This hardwood flooring did not coordinate well with the oak railing.  It was all done in stages. My young-and-cute-handy-dandy-handyman came a year ago and installed wainscoting in the stairwell...
Trent Mountain
Knowing that we were eventually going to get new carpet and pad, I waited until that was eminent. That day was a few weeks away, so Hubby pulled up the stair carpeting so that I could paint the treads that had partial oak...
Here the rail and newel posts are painted black but I was trying to make the decision on what color to paint the oak stair treads...

I decided on white because I knew that black would show every speck of dust and I would be constantly dusting it.
 It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be and yes, I can kick myself for not doing it sooner!
Here it is all done! You can see the hand-painted stencil scallop that I did on the upper walls years ago.

With the new carpet and marshmallow-feeling pad, it also caused some furniture to be moved around in different locations!
I'll show you that in the next post.
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  1. Love the stairs they look terrific - good job.

  2. Just lovely!! I've been wanting to paint my bannister to but I know once I start I have to finish! Popping over from My Romantic Home.
    Blessings, Diane

  3. Wow - it looks great. Love the difference it makes now. I just need to tackle mine now too.

  4. Wow that's all impressive! Each detail makes a difference doesn't it! The wainscoting looks fabulous. I like the black hand rail and I agree the white on the steps was a good choice. Black would have driven you nuts! Love the stenciling you did way up on the wall there!

  5. It's a beautiful update! I love how fresh and clean it looks.

  6. Looks FAB! That's what I did in both of my mother's stairwells--so clean-fresh-easy care!

  7. Terry!! I love it!! Your home is so beautiful and the black railing and white stair treads are perfect! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.


  8. I love visiting your home! This is a wonderful improvement - well done!

  9. Love, love, love the new look!!!

  10. I love your new look. You have a beautiful home.

  11. I love the new railing! I agree the darker color looks so much better with your beautiful flooring! Great job!

  12. Terry I love it - such an improvement!
    On a side note: what font are you using on the headings in your sidebar - it's beautiful?
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

  13. Great job! I have been wanting to do ours, too, and you just gave me the courage! Lol
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  14. Terry, this makes me more than ever want to do our foyer staircase. And I've been thinking of a dark mahogany or black. Yours looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing at "Our Home Away From Home" where I found your link. Helen

  15. It looks great Terry! Sometimes those big scary jobs turn out not so bad after all. Love the stenciled wall too! Have an awesome week! ~Deborah

  16. totally gorgeous, love the black! and oh my gosh, that wainscoting on the wall and scallop stencil, looks perfect!!

  17. OMG. I just love the whole stairwell... the wainscoting, the pictures hanging on the wall, the railing - everything. Wow. You are a super decorator. Your friend, Linda

  18. How pretty. I love the rail and I love that small fireplace next to the stairs!

  19. Just stopping by to thank you for sharing at One More Time Events and let you know you have been featured this week! Hope to see you at this weeks party! Hugs, Tammy

  20. Terry....What a great makeover!! I'm a huge fan of black and white and this new paint 'job' really makes for a dramatic stairway. Featuring it on Monday at Project Inspire{d}-AnExtraordinaryDay.net

  21. It looks great, I love the wainscoting so much. It is such a warm and inviting stairway! Love how you decorating the wall and I really love the white scalloped stencil! You go girl! Thanks for sharing at Sunday's Best..

  22. Hi Terry,

    Just to let you know you will be featured tomorrow at Sunday's Best! Love your stairwell!


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