|BIG BLANK WALLS AND OH SO CLASSY HANDRAIL|
Our Friday night tear out began with wanting to "open things up". We decided that opening the stairwell wall back as far as we possibly could would help with the heaviness in the main hallway. Unfortunately, we decided to write this blog after a lot of the renovations were done so before pics are hard to come by. You will have to live with some in-progress pics instead.
|BEGINNING OF THE TEAR OUT|
|A DIFFERENT VIEW ON THINGS|
|BACKSIDE OF THE FRAMING|
|STUDS AND DRYWALL REMOVED. (Please excuse the drywall dust spots all over the camera)|
|WHAT A MESS!|
Once all of that was complete, it was time to deal with the big blank stairwell walls. In a masochistic moment, I decided that adding the paneling detail to the stairwell walls would add some dimension to the very large, very blank walls. Off to Home Depot we went to purchase a truckload of 1"x4" primed pine. We laid them out in the garage and painted them....you guessed it! Cloud White!
While they dried, we painted all three of the walls of the stairwell (refer to below pic to see the unpainted walls) with the Cloud White semi-gloss paint as well.
|THE THREE BLANK WALLS|
|FINISHED RAILING AREA AND PANEL DETAIL|
The next day, once the caulking and wood fill dried, we added one last coat of Cloud White to to all of the boards and the caulk. Nate was also able to add some recessed lights to the ceiling in the stairwell. With the addition of the lights and the white painted walls, the stairwell was no longer a dark and scary place! And we were finished! It was a LONG process but well worth the result. What do you think?
|FINITO! VIEW FROM THE FRONT DOOR|
|VIEW FROM UPSTAIRS LOOKING DOWN|
|VIEW FROM THE BOTTOM UP (Sorry, it is a little blurry!)|
We will also hang some photographs when we acquire them (we are on a budget people!) either in the squares or on the boards (that is still under discussion). Once we figure all of that out, you will be updated!