Stairy Tale

Stairy Tale
Most staircase redos consist of these steps: 
#1 Rip up disgusting carpet, 
#2 Pull out staples, 
#3 Swear profusely, 
#4 Paint and stain risers and steps, 
#5 Enjoy fabulous new stairs, 
#6 Vow to never to that again. 

Well, what if you don’t have disgusting carpet on your stairs? Can you still enjoy the satisfaction of an annoying job well-done and the outcome of fabulous stairs? Of course you can. Check these out from Better After reader Miranda. Her all-wood stairs went from worn and weathered and slightly pinkish to deep and dark with high-contrast white. Love it.



  1. April 26, 2011 / 9:00 PM

    Yummy! What a great update. Very classy.

  2. April 26, 2011 / 9:27 PM

    I’ve been a follower for a while, however, this is my first comment. I love the “after” of the stairwell. It went from “bland” to “tailored”. And, I absolutely got a kick out of your post title–“Stairy Tale”. Love it!

  3. April 26, 2011 / 9:42 PM

    I wish i knew how to stain 🙁

  4. April 26, 2011 / 9:51 PM

    It’s gorgeous!!!

    But what is that kegger NEXT to the stairs?

  5. April 26, 2011 / 10:07 PM

    wow, stairway to hell then back to heaven. These are so beautiful now!

  6. April 26, 2011 / 10:34 PM

    Is this the same staircase…it looks amazing!!

  7. April 26, 2011 / 11:05 PM

    Stairs look great! I, too would like to know what the object at the bottom of the stairs is.

  8. April 27, 2011 / 6:00 AM

    Oh bravo! Yet another awe inspiring staircase remodel – this is my summer project for the foyer. Gorgeous! Very well done! This makes we want to start tomorrow!

  9. April 27, 2011 / 12:14 PM

    That is what a staircase should look like! It is absolutely beautiful! Before they were just stairs and now they are STAIRS!!
    I’m also curious about that drum – it looks like it would be an old fashioned butter creamer or ice cream maker.

  10. April 27, 2011 / 12:15 PM

    It also occured to me that it could be an old fashioned clothes washer.

  11. April 27, 2011 / 2:48 PM

    It looks amazing!!!

    (I was going to comment asking why she has a composter indoors and give kudos to the beautiful composter, but now I see the other ideas thrown out for what it is and I’m quite curious myself!)

  12. April 27, 2011 / 5:09 PM

    You suppose the dark color is paint? Or is it POSSIBLY stain? Just wondering. Absolutely gorgeous!

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