The fancy stairs may be out, but the fabulous stairs have arrived!

by brae  

When finishing up the layout plans for the first floor, I discovered that I could not use the Heartland Hollow inspired stairs I had wanted to replicate.  So, I had to figure out a way to make a straight, narrow staircase look interesting and perhaps a bit spooky.

I first took a page from the Newport book and added laser cut corners to the side of the stairs.  These are by Judy's Create-a-House purchased from miniatures.com.  The quality isn't bad, though they were not as uniform in design and thickness as other laser cut trims I've used.

I had to remove portions of the pieces to get them to fit together uniformly along the side of the stairs.

I think the result looks planned and natural.

I started with a base coat of Barn Red by Americana on the risers and treads.  This was mainly to keep any bare wood from showing through in the next step.  It looks creepy already!  Perhaps a bit too creepy.  :D

Since painting laser cut trims with a brush takes forever and I planned on making the whole thing black anyway, I taped the assembly to a board and sprayed it with Krylon flat black.  Interestingly, flat black ended up satin black, so no added sealer was necessary.

This left only minor touchups in smaller areas of the laser cut pieces to do with a brush and regular acrylic paint.  Much easier and faster with the sprayed based coat!

Here it is with Turquoise Gothic Stripe paper by The Paper Studio.  I think I'll use this paper in the foyer.

The area behind the stairs will be in the parlor and will be the deep glittery green paper by Recollections.

I'll add railings later and likely wallpaper the back side to match the parlor.  I wasn't sure about having such dark stairs, but I think they'll work wonderfully.

16 comments

Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
Those are gorgeous and the paper is really great, too. So glad you found it! The stairs, when red, do look a little mass-murder-in-the-hotel-esque. Like, The Shining. *shudder.* They look gothic and creepy this way, but not the *eeeen eeeen eeeeen eeeeeeeeeeen* knife stabber creepy. :)
09/12/11 @ 05:34
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
The red stairs reminded me of a funeral parlour and gave me the shivers! But, black is also atmospheric, especially with the blue Gothic wallpaper. I can't wait to see what comes next!
09/12/11 @ 09:07
Comment from: Jeannette [Visitor]
Wow! The stairs look wonderful! Your creativity always amazes me! *Jeannette
09/12/11 @ 10:05
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
Brae, I forgot to add what a fantastic job you did with the trimming on those stairs!
09/12/11 @ 10:57
Comment from: brae [Member]
Lyssa - 88| :)) Thank you, everyone! :>>
09/12/11 @ 11:20
Comment from: Jenya Rose [Visitor]
Beautiful stairs! What an inspired choice! Also, love the color and the wallpaper.
09/12/11 @ 11:22
Comment from: Evelyne [Visitor]
Brae I LOVE your stairs!!! If I may dare one suggestion, just to highlight the beautiful trims on the side of the stairs (genial!), as I fear they might not be so visible when inside the finished house, how about a light touch of dry brush bronze or copper glaze? I know Delta ceramcoat used to have those 'faux finish' sets, don't know if they still do, but that might do the trick. Glazes are easy to control the amount of effect you want to give. It would look like very old metal appliquees. Just a thought, I already love it as is.
09/12/11 @ 12:57
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks, Evelyne! That's not a bad idea at all! It would certainly help tie in the glittery green of the parlor and my intended candeliers. :yes:
09/12/11 @ 13:10
Comment from: Mona [Visitor]
The stairs became amazing and I love the turquoise wallpaper. It fits so well to the stairs.
09/12/11 @ 14:17
Comment from: Audra [Visitor]  
I love that! I know it looks creepy, but it is so beautiful too (maybe more so if not black!) I would like to add some details like that to my Glenwood stairs. When I get to that part I am going to have to get more details from you!
09/12/11 @ 19:35
Comment from: rosa margarita [Visitor]
Tu trabajo es siempre: PERFECCIÓN ABSOLUTA! Un abrazo
09/12/11 @ 20:59
Comment from: Marion [Visitor]
I agree with Evelyn's excellent suggestion. You wouldn't see as much of your stairs in a dark spot and you would have wasted your time and effort, which would be a shame. Your stairs are fabulous! Great job.
09/13/11 @ 01:16
Comment from: Ana Anselmo [Visitor]
Great idea!!!! Love the stairs!!!
09/13/11 @ 02:31
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks so much! :>>
09/15/11 @ 08:23
Comment from: Connie O'Barr [Visitor]
I love the art work on the front of the steps. Did you use a stencil or did you free-hand the art work? If this is a stencil, where can I find such a small stencil?
02/15/14 @ 20:42
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks, Connie! :D You landed on the wrong post. :)) Here they are: http://www.otterine.com/blog/blog1.php/fabulous-stairs-made-better-and
02/15/14 @ 21:28


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