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Colorful Modern Staircase Renovation Reveal

It’s done! (Well 99% done: I need to fill a new hole in the wall and add a piece of quarter round.) After 4 long months, I feel like I can count my staircase and hall makeover done! If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my sneak peek on Friday. Today I’m here with the whole staircase renovation reveal. If you’re interested, I’ll have a few tutorials coming for how I installed the runner, the railing and the copper handrail.

My staircase renovation. See how I transformed my boring, traditional staircase into a modern, colorful staircase with DIYs.

It’s been a long journey. I started by painting the doors in the hallway black, then I hung wallpaper. My son and I ripped down the old railings and removed the carpet from the stairs. From there, we repaired the stairs before staining and painting them.

 

My staircase renovation. See how I transformed my boring, traditional staircase into a modern, colorful staircase with DIYs.
Before

I forgot to take a picture with carpet on it, so this will have to do. The carpet was your typical builder beige complete with mystery stains. Before the staircase renovation, the railings were very Colonial and way too traditional for my taste. You can also see a tiny glimpse of the cream colored tile that always looked dirty. We were lucky that the treads were decent.

My staircase renovation. See how I transformed my boring, traditional staircase into a modern, colorful staircase with DIYs.

After, the staircase is modern and colorful with the addition of DIY railing and a fun runner.

My staircase renovation. See how I transformed my boring, traditional staircase into a modern, colorful staircase with DIYs.

We replaced the old tile with pretty new grey tile that hides dog hair! (Anyone else’s doggy friend currently shedding like crazy?)

My staircase renovation. See how I transformed my boring, traditional staircase into a modern, colorful staircase with DIYs.

The staircase looks so pretty with the other rooms now. The runner was an inspiration point for the new paint color in the living and dining room.

My staircase renovation. See how I transformed my boring, traditional staircase into a modern, colorful staircase with DIYs.

I love how it looks between these 2 rooms now.

My staircase renovation. See how I transformed my boring, traditional staircase into a modern, colorful staircase with DIYs.

I wanted the stair railing to feel nice and open. My original plans were to use wire railing, but I was afraid that it wouldn’t be to code. So I came up with an alternative that cost even less money. Tutorial coming soon, but not for the faint of heart! I wanted to cry a few times during the process, so I’m glad that the end results are exactly how I envisioned them. Visually, the rooms still feel open to each other.

My staircase renovation. See how I transformed my boring, traditional staircase into a modern, colorful staircase with DIYs.

I recommend that your dog match your home decor. Such a cutie! She likes to sit on the stairs and look out the windows. I think she’s pretending she’s people. 😉

My staircase renovation. See how I transformed my boring, traditional staircase into a modern, colorful staircase with DIYs.

I really love the runner with the wallpaper. Funny story about the runner. I bought 3 normal runners from RugsUSA during their black Friday sale, but I never opened them until last Friday when I went to install them. We got one installed and I opened the other 2 and noticed that they were different. Luckily they’re the same color so they seem like they match until you look closely. It’s a happy accident and I like how unique they are.

My staircase renovation. See how I transformed my boring, traditional staircase into a modern, colorful staircase with DIYs.

I originally wanted to plank the stairwell walls, but my husband refused because he didn’t think it was “worth dying to have some stripes on the walls.” That’s how I got him to do the tile. 😉 So instead of planking the walls, I’m going to create a gallery of bad art. My beloved paint by numbers are hung now, but I have a lot more bad art in my crawl space. The kitschier, the better! Walking down these stairs every morning is so delightful!

My staircase renovation. See how I transformed my boring, traditional staircase into a modern, colorful staircase with DIYs.

We removed the old handrail and replaced it with copper pipe. This was installed a few hours before writing this post, so it’s not in all of the pictures. This was one of the easier DIY’s and there will be a tutorial coming soon.

My staircase renovation. See how I transformed my boring, traditional staircase into a modern, colorful staircase with DIYs.

Isn’t it pretty??? I’m going to let it patina and get even prettier!

My staircase renovation. See how I transformed my boring, traditional staircase into a modern, colorful staircase with DIYs.

This might be the best thing that we have ever created. It’s thrilling to see your vision come to life. All the heart eye emojis!

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12 thoughts on “Colorful Modern Staircase Renovation Reveal

  1. i LOOOOOOVE it! love the color of the runners and may have to do this in my playroom staircase- so good! and i can’t wait to see the railing post; they look awesome! i’m currently updating ours but just with paint- i don’t have the skills to build a new one!

    1. Thanks Cassie! The runners were pretty easy to install. And I love how they look so much. I think this staircase tested our DIY building skills and was so close to being beyond our skills. 😉
      Can’t wait to see your playroom stairs!

  2. I love this redo! Love the colors as well. I have been thinking of redoing my stairs and love the copper pipe handrail…may use that! Also, love the color of the aqua walls in the living area. I would love to know what color that is. I love the look of it. Thanks!

  3. I LOVE the mismatched (yet matching) runners… and that your dog matches your home decor! ha! Oh, and the bad art… awesome!!

    I just found your blog via Cassie Bustamante, and it looks like it’s just my style!! I’m off to check out more of your decor ideas!

    Tania

    1. Thanks Tania! I was so upset when I saw that I had ordered mismatching runners, but they turned out so unique. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. […] Black doors. In a tiny space that has 4 doors, they shouldn’t be ignored. However, I don’t want them to be a focal point either. Painting them black meets that criteria. I already had satin nickle knobs in the space, so they couldn’t be gray like downstairs. I want to be able to see the doorknobs. Plus, the black will go great with the other elements. Painting doors black is an easy DIY project that can change the look of a room! (They currently need 1-2 more coats of paint and they look lovely already!) (source)Woods wallpaper. OMG. I love this wallpaper. I’ve loved it since I first laid eyes on it. I just got the sample in the mail and it’s a work of art. *Insert heart eye emoji* The wallpaper will go on the hallway walls upstairs. I know it’s been used before, but the heart wants what the heart wants.Ps. That link is the best price that I’ve ever seen for this expensive wallpaper. Shiplap stairwell. The stairwell walls are getting shiplapped. I love the texture it brings to a space. Did you see Kari’s stairwell? It’s gorgeous! Kari does a really good job of making neutral decor not boring.I’ll probably layer my vintage kitsch art collection on top of the shiplap. Painting the wood beforehand should make it easier to install. (This is where I’ll be batting my eyelashes real pretty at my husband so he does the scary parts for me.) (source)Copper handrail. Right now, we have a plain oak handrail. I’m considering switching it out for copper. It’s fairly inexpensive and I love the way it oxidizes with use. My husband is a bit concerned about it not being up to code, but I want it so bad. My preliminary research states that it only has to be “graspable,” so it sounds like it works. 😉 Winning!Black stair risers and stained treads. I hate carpet on my stairs. I have a black dog and beige carpet. It always looks dirty, so the carpet has to go. I’m not sure what we will find under the carpet, but they seem to have actual risers (unlike my basement stairs which were built with junk lumber.) If it’s bad, I’ll just paint them black. (source)Gray tile in entryway. At the foot of the stairs, we have white tile by the front door. Once again, black dog + light color = gross. These are just the areas where it bugs me the most. I know there’s dog hair in other places too. 😉 Good thing she’s worth it.Fun colored runner. Have you ever looked at the stock options for stair runners at the hardware store? Ugh. Not good. So I plan to use this tutorial and some inexpensive runners for a bold look.Wire railing. I’m ripping out the oak banisters and baluster in exchange for a much more modern approach. So simple stock lumber and wire railing. I’m using this tutorial, with a few changes based on what I could find in my hardware store.Check out the reveal here!  […]

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