Sunday, September 16, 2012

Chain of events DIY style

Isn't it funny how one project inevitably leads to so many more? Or does that only happen in our house?

One of the biggest changes we made to the house was hiring a crew to refinish the hardwood to a darker stain.



We went with Minwax Dark Walnut and even though it wasn't as dark as I had originally hoped for it made a huge difference in the warmth of the house and I'm so glad we decided to do this BEFORE we moved in because it was a messy, stinky process.

Little did I know that changing the floors would cause my To-Do list to grow by leaps and bounds.

After the floors were refinished the banisters were just begging me to stain them to match the purdy brown floors every time I walked in the front door.

Of course once the floors were gorgeous and the banisters were a beautiful chocolate goodness (the front banisters anyways, I have the entire upstairs to finish) I see the centsational girls staircase reveal and can't stop dreaming of the carpet being ripped out and having dark wood treads and bright white risers. 

Well guess what?!? It's in the works!! YIPPEEE!!

I was about to head out for a run and was sitting on that bottom step putting my shoes on and while looking down starting thinking, "hmmm, I wonder what's under this carpet? Could we be lucky enough to have wood stairs in good shape under there?? Maybe I'll just pull up a little corner and take a peek."
So I pulled a little corner and was happy to see the riser flush to the side trim and the bottom tread, pleased with that fact, I pulled a little further and saw a wood tread and the riser set all perfect and snug. Hollered for the hubby to come take a peek and then tucked it back in knowing full well we have 800 other projects to finish up before I should start on this one. Well the hubby thought we should add another project ;)
Came home and the hubby had gone and done this!!
We are lucky to have 2 staircases to go upstairs so we're doing the front staircase first and then we'll work on the other side, the landing and the final 4 stairs to the top.
In addition to all the entryway changes because of the new dark floors, I'm now pining over all the gorgeous white kitchen cabinets because the dark floors and dark cabinets are not doing anything to inspire me to cook.
I think the hubby has finally come out of 'The Dark Side' where those stained cabinets are concerned after showing him this gorgeous white cabinet transformation and evolution of style tutorial.
Can't wait to share that change, it's going to be HUGE!! Stay tuned, it's already starting...


  1. Gorgeous! I have floors like your 'before' and want to darken them. Ug. Not looking forward to the amount of work Great site..and I've added it to my reader. :)
    Greetings from the Sunshine Coast of BC...:)