Thursday, April 12, 2012

Run Away With My Runner

We inherited this runner on the stairs from the previous owners.  While functional and in good condition (and I'm told by the contractor, very expensive), it just wasn't me.  It looks like it's from the 80s or the 90s (or whatever time period ugly rugs like that were made) and it made the entry way look dated - which was a shame because l love the wainscoting.

When we had our hardwood floors refinished, we also had the stair treads done which meant ripping off the rug and pulling out about a thousand tacks.  The contractor was still here at this point so he did it for me :).  Yay!

The finished treads look great, but the risers were a little banged up and painted two different colors.  (We had painted the sections that we could get to around the rug earlier.)

So I got out my spackle and got to work filling holes.

Then I vacuumed, taped the stairs, and put on a coat of primer and a coat of Benjamin Moore White latex paint.

And here's how the stairs look now.

I'm toying with the idea of painting stripes or a cool pattern on the risers, or maybe adding a new simple runner. I'm also thinking of staining the banister an ebony color.

But for now, the stairs are white, crisp and clean. :)


  1. So much better! And I love the wainscoting too.


  2. This is an AWESOME upgrade! I have almost that exact some runner in a rental house we have. I would do the exact same thing you did if I lived there. And I, too, LOVE your wainscoting! :)


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