stair/hallway re-do

In typical Niftythriftygirl fashion, I like to change things up every few years so, while I really liked the look of my wallpapered stair risers, I was a bit sick of looking at the pattern every single day. This is what it looked like…

DSC02815Initially I was going to select a new, less busy pattern for the risers since the wallpaper route is really the simplest option. Once I started looking at papers I came across this one that I fell in love with…

Picture 1and decided to go an entirely different route. I was actually getting a bit sick of the pink hallway walls, as well…

DSC02832So, I decided to paper the wall at the top of the stairs with the new pattern and paint the remainder of the pink walls a Behr color called “Roman Plaster” (a light, gray/beige shade). I then decided I would paint the stair treads black and leave the risers white. Why, oh why, do I always create more work for myself?!

I removed all of the old wallpaper (easy as pie!), primed half of the stair treads and started painting.

IMG_6038I was worried I wouldn’t like the final look and that it might be too dark since there is only a small window in the upstairs hallway so before I went on I started hanging the paper.

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IMG_6037-001Oh, how I love the look of this paper! I decided that the black & white combo would be a perfect, classic look so I went on and finished the stairs.

IMG_6041-001I am thrilled with the final result!

IMG_6042-001So, stay tuned because in another 3-4 years I will surely be changing the stairs again!

mirror makeover

I love when I find an inexpensive, decorative mirror at a yard sale or thrift store and this mirror was no exception. It was a mere $2 and I knew it would look great spray painted.

So, for my last spray painting project of the year I chose a nice, bright yellow…

It looks great on my gray walls. So, the next time you see one of these ugly gold mirrors…don’t be afraid…take it home and make it lovely!!

show your colors

I am a huge proponent of using paint to redo almost anything. It is definitely the easiest, fastest and most inexpensive way to make over a room (or even a piece of furniture!).

I am constantly changing the colors of my rooms…and my furniture. Here are just a few examples of my latest projects:

A poor, banged up highboy that needed some TLC…

My new dining room sideboard…

My dining room…

And my newly painted bedroom…

One of the most difficult things when starting a project is making that final paint color choice. I love to have a myriad of references at my disposal and one of my favorites is My Colortopia. The site features several color tools and it’s new section – Show Your Colors – allows readers to upload their own before and after paint project photos.

There is nothing I like better than to sneak a peek into someone else’s home and gather ideas! You really MUST check this out!! So many fantastic, fresh ideas…

You, too, can upload your own photos. Its super easy. Just click on Visit My Colortopia to get started. Then click on the “Before & Afters” section, sign up, and start uploading your photos.

Another great feature in the new “Before & Afters” section is the “Get paint colors from this photo” option. If you see a color you like, just click on that option and it will take you to  a selection of color palettes to browse through. How great is that? Now you don’t even have to leave your home to search for the perfect color!

I have been sponsored by Glidden® brand paint to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

 

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