February 06, 2011

Adventures in Decorating {Stair Remodel}

Sometimes my DIY mentality knows no limits.  I tend to think that I (my brains and my husbands free labor) can do anything when it comes to home renovations.  My husband doesn't always share my "vision"....or my naive optimism that we can do it ourselves!!  
Since we moved into our house 4 1/2 years ago, I have always despised the stair railing.  It gives me major apartment flashbacks.   Instead of asking for jewelry or handbags for my birthday or Christmas, I always ask for things for the house.  This particular project has been on my wish list for the past 4 years.  My husband even gave me a "coupon" for it to be done TWICE!!  The estimates came back over $1,000 and we just couldn't justify the cost.  (My husband also shares my thrifty nature.)

Over the Christmas break, I convinced my husband once and for all that we COULD do it ourselves!  Our friend, Corona Light Josh helped me persuade him. Like any tipsy confident DIY'ers, we went to work immediately!  Who cares that it was 9:00 p.m.???

 (This DIY project brought to by Corona Light)

Once the demolition began, there was no turning back.  All part of my plan....muwahahaha!!!

Here is the quick synopsis of how the project unfolded:

Finally, after tons of dust and debris, a few miscalculations here and there and thousands of trips to Home Depot, it was done!  

Drum roll please.........................

Yay!!  I knew we could do it!!   I never doubted my hubby's skills for a minute.  
(All though the guys at Home Depot might have.  They actually laughed at us for attempting a stair remodel and asked us to film the project and put it on YouTube!  I'm not even kidding.)
Eat it Home Depot guys! Just kidding...
I still need to touch up the trim, but I couldn't wait to post!  Again, here it is.....
The whole project only cost us around $350!! 

Just in case you were wondering.  The other side of the stairs actually opens up to our home office.  Our plans were to hire someone to close it in and add French doors.  Now that I know my husband has mad skills....we will be attempting it ourselves.  Valentine's Day IS right around the corner.  "Oh, Sweetheart..........."


  1. OHMYGOSH -- it's a huge difference!!! Go you guys!!! We're going to need to see more details on how to do this ourselves!! (well, not me actually, seeing as how I have a single-story house!)

    Can't wait to see what Thais is up to!!

  2. I am super impressed!!! Wow! That looks a MILLION times better. I want to see it in person. I never noticed it until or thought it looked bad until you got the image of the bad college apt into my head.


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