Wednesday, July 09, 2008

HOME PROJECT ACCOMPLISHED!!!!

YAY!!! A house project, completed!!!! I have been wanting to paint the risers of my stairs, and number them, for about a year or two. As of today, I can check that project off the list!!

As I have mentioned before, I am a big analyzer/thinker/planner...not so much an implementer. Which is where my friendship with Charlotte comes in so handy. She is a doer, in a big way. What would I do without my great friends? Stacy gave me the prodding I needed to start the project. She gently nudged, went with me to buy supplies, nudged some more, came over and helped me get started. Then, she left. And I came to a complete standstill. Every day, I would map out my plan "OK, if I paint two steps a day, the painting will be done in one week. Then, I can do two numbers a day, which will take another week..."

Today, Charlotte called and asked if the stairs were done. I hemmed and hawwwed and of course, ten minutes later, Charlotte is at my door, with paint brush in hand. Three hours later, and the stairs are completely finished!!! I don't know how she does it. All I know is, she is good for me. So, I take no credit for this project. All the props go to Stacy for getting it started and to Charlotte for finishing (and doing most) the job!

STAIRS BEFOREThe risers were off white, like the walls and showed all the scuff marks. Plus, it was just really boring!

STAIRS AFTERThe risers are painted the same bright yellow as my kitchen door, which you can see from the foot of the stairs. The numbers are metal house numbers. My kids have a fun new game. They sit at the bottom of the stairs and toss their stuffed animals up the stairs. They get points for what ever stair it lands on. New rainy day activity!

11 comments:

  1. Ashlie Johnson10:11 PM

    love the stairs! i may "steal" your idea!

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  2. stacy dinello10:13 PM

    Ok, I'm biased, but I think they look amazing... truly amazing. Are you loving the way the project turned out?

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  3. So was the numbering to facilitate games for the kids or was that an added bonus and there really is another reason? Interesting idea.

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  4. Laurel, (i mean...charlotte and stacy haha.)
    your stairs look wonderful!!!!!
    how old is your home?

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  5. It was built in 1975 by a historian at our university, who loved Williamsburg, and built the house to mimic the homes there. It is uncanny how similar it looks to the homes in Colonial williamsburg, down to the ceramic birdhouse and working shutter dogs. After he retired, he moved to Williamsburg. It was also built by the same builder that built my parents house, which was also built to look old, using salvaged materials.

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  6. love the stairs! great idea! if we ever switch rooms (kids up, us down) I might use that!

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  7. How fun and clever!

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  8. How much fun is that! Very cool!

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  9. What a great idea! Wish my stairs weren't carpeted or I'd try this.

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  10. Very cool! How nice that you have Charlotte in your life. My daughter, Michelle, is my "Charlotte." She's a doer, and when I need a jumpstart or a kick in the pants, I invite her over. She wants to dig in with me and get going on my tasks and projects. And it's always more fun with two, isn't it?

    Susan L

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  11. Teresa9:46 PM

    The stairs look great! I love how your funkifying the house!

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