Hey, any of you guys feel like you’re the only one who doesn’t get projects completed very quickly around your house? Well, you are definitely not alone. In fact, I may just be the poster child for unfinished projects.
Three years ago I posted about wanting to spruce up my front hallway and stairs. I started a pinterest board (because isn’t that the way you start every project?) and Mr. Q starting ripping out the carpet.
Once the carpet was out, it looked like this.
And I’m embarrassed to admit that it stayed this way for well over two years!
I managed to get the risers and the baseboard painted last fall, and that was definitely an improvement.
But the treads still looked like this.
One of the factors that contributed to my procrastination on this project was the inability to make up my mind. Numbered stairs? Grain sack striped stairs? Wallpapered risers? All fun ideas, but I just wasn’t sure.
In the end I really just wanted old farmhouse stairs, maybe with a fun twist.
And I wanted worn looking stairs. I love old stairs where the paint is worn away from years and years of use.
So in the end I decided to paint the treads with black milk paint (in this case, Miss Mustard Seed’s Typewriter), and I finally got around to doing exactly that last weekend.
I think it will be interesting to see how the milk paint wears over time. Also, I was originally planning to put black wax over them, but quickly realized I didn’t have enough black wax on hand. So instead I used hemp oil. I know that hemp oil is not going to provide a lot of protection, and I’ll definitely have to re-apply at some point. But I’m OK with experimenting a little and seeing how it goes. I may end up ordering some more black wax and adding that over the hemp oil. Ha, ha, is anyone else rolling their eyes? Do you really think I’ll get around to doing that when it took me three years to get this far?
But in the meantime, after I got the treads painted and oiled I decided I needed to add a little bit of quirky fun. So I got out my Cricut and some black vinyl and added a simple message.
The nice thing about the vinyl is that it’s removable. So if I get tired of this (or come up with a better idea), I can just take it right off.
But for now I kinda love it.
Isn’t it amazing what you can do with a little paint, some vinyl letters and three years?!