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!

fun with wallpaper

Although I’m not a huge fan of wallpapering the walls of my home, I do find great joy in using wallpaper to decorate ordinary objects. When I found this great deal on wallpaper at Steve’s Blinds & Wallpaper I couldn’t resist. As soon as the wallpaper was delivered I got to work on this project:

Oh, what fun! It only took approximately an hour and a half to wallpaper all of these risers. Now that the steps have a fresh new look I will need to touch up the paint on the treads. (Yes, that is wallpaper at the top of the stairs. It was such a beautiful paper I had to use it on the walls!)

Next project…

This little guy was not as easy as the steps. Once I got the piece of wallpaper cut out, I had to glue the seam and  carefully use clothespins to hold down the paper around the top and bottom rims until the glue dried. It turned out better than I expected but I would still like to perfect the technique.

I have several more wallpapering projects planned that I will share with you shortly. In the meantime, grab some wallpaper and have fun!

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