Fabulous stairs made better, and older

by brae  

Busy couple of days!  No time for minis, and that's just plain unacceptable!  :D

Evelyne's suggestion from my last stairs update to dry-brush some metallic paint onto the laser cut trims to bring out the detail also brought on another idea...painted risers.

I used a scroll design clear stamp by Recollections (bought with a coupon since these are expensive).

You're supposed to peel these rubbery stamps off the sheet and stick to a clear acrylic block to use them.  I didn't have an acrylic block (also expensive and only one coupon allowed per day) so I used the glass insert from the front door!  :D

I spread some Pure Bronze paint by Apple Barrel in a pie tin with a brush and then pressed the stamp into the paint.

I touched up any sparse areas with the flat side of the brush.

I then pressed the stamp onto the riser.  The glass insert worked better as a stabilizer since it was small and I was able to line it up with the stairs as I went.

Voilà!  :D

With some further practice, I probably could have gotten more even coverage from the stamp...but this worked well for old worn out stairs.

Using the same flat brush, I stippled some paint onto the laser cut trims.  I must say, it looks even more fabulous!  Thanks, Evelyne, for the fantastic suggestion!

Once the stair detailing was good and dry, I used some coarse sandpaper to wear down the front edges of the treads and put in some minor indentations mimicking years of parallel footfalls.

I then used fine sandpaper to even out the obvious scratch marks and to soften the painted risers.

To fill the color back in, I used a wash of Bittersweet Chocolate by Americana and black paint.  This toned down the deep black and made it look as though the heavier stain had worn away over the years.  Here you can see where the red base layer comes into play.  That dark stain would have penetrated the wood into the deep layers.   Leaving it all light wood underneath would be out of character with worn dark wood.

And there you have it...fabulous stairs made better and older!

15 comments

Comment from: rosa margarita [Visitor]
Una idea muy buena, y tu la supiste aprovechar al máximo! Lucen antiguas y desgastadas además de hermosas. Un abrazo
09/14/11 @ 21:19
Comment from: lataina [Visitor]
Brae, they're awesome! It's a wonderful detail. =)
09/14/11 @ 22:33
Comment from: Margriet [Visitor]
Love the stairs!!! What a wonderful idea to use stamps! It looks great.
09/15/11 @ 01:10
Comment from: Teresa [Visitor]
WONDERFUL! It is going to look great in the house!
09/15/11 @ 01:33
Comment from: Carrie [Visitor]
Ooooo lovely. So very impressive!! Wonderful idea.
09/15/11 @ 03:38
Comment from: Audra [Visitor]
WOW! thats all I have to say!
09/15/11 @ 04:04
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
I was going to say almost the same thing...I was going to suggest painting on gray shadows to emphasize the trim...but my iPad was giving me fits...I think I need to find a new feed reader app. I'd have run back to my computer, but when I noticed the treads weren't aged I figured you weren't done yet. The stairs look much better, they've got some life to them now.
09/15/11 @ 04:14
Comment from: Eliana [Visitor]
Awesome!
09/15/11 @ 07:23
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
Great idea and very effective.
09/15/11 @ 08:30
Comment from: Fabiola [Visitor]
Fantastic idea!
09/15/11 @ 09:43
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
Brae, I'm without words. These stairs are absolute perfection. They are so very atmospheric. They will contribute so very much to the mood of this house.
09/15/11 @ 10:33
Comment from: Jenya Rose [Visitor]
Wow! I thought the wood bits on the sides of the stairs were the height of ingenuity. You've really outdone yourself now! Love it.
09/15/11 @ 13:48
Comment from: Jeannette T [Visitor]
The stairs look great! I love how the treads look worn.
09/15/11 @ 16:22
Comment from: Melissa [Visitor]
Every time I look at your pictures I am more and more in awe! These stairs are wonderful.
09/15/11 @ 21:11
Comment from: Evelyne [Visitor]
ooohh, it looks so AWESOME!!! I'm so happy my idea was useful, I'm such a great fan of your work I wouldn't dare changing it a bit! But it did highlight the beautiful details you put on the stairs, so... yay! :) And all the ageing you did to it, omg!!! Perfect!
09/18/11 @ 11:22


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