One Room Challenge - Week 2

Updated: May 29

We're back for the second week of the One Room Challenge!

As I mentioned in last week's post, I'll be working on my entry way and stairs leading up to the main floor of my home.


Since most of my focus for last week's post was on the entry way, I'll give my stairs a little more love this week.


Long story short. I hate my stairs. They were like this when we moved into our home 2 1/2 years ago and I've hated them ever since. I couldn't be happier that we're tackling them as part of the One Room Challenge.


Here's the scary before:

FIrst and foremost, there are weird edging pieces on the edge of each stair to hold the laminate down on the plywood stair. They don't feel great on your feet if you're walking up/down the stairs barefoot. Not to mention, you can easily see the nails holding them in place.


Secondly, the color of the laminate is WAY too light. With a dog that sheds like crazy and a 10-year-old boy living in the house, they're bound to get messy. They show any speck of dirt WAY too easily. I don't know about you, but I don't have the time to be cleaning my stairs several times a day.

Finally, the kick plates are a weird sorta distressed white finish. The spots you can see on them are the knots of the wood. They look like tea stains and not anything remotely aesthetically pleasing.


This is the inpsiration picture for what I'm looking to achieve with my stairs:

For those who are die-hard "Fixer Upper" like yours truly, you'll probably recognize these stairs! I've wanted to do this to our stairs ever since seeing the episode.


We're planning on replacing our current stairs with actual wood and not laminate in a darker stain. My husband and I went back and forth on ways we could mimic the chevron look on a budget. Our initial plan was to use paint sticks cut at an angle and have them nailed to the kickplate. We quickly realized upon measuring the height of our stairs that that particular option could be pretty expensive. We're talking HUNDREDS of paint sticks - and not the ones you get for free when you buy a gallon of paint. I'm talking the longer ones for 5 gallon buckets.


We ultimately decided to add a fresh coat of white paint, carve the chevron pattern into the kickplates, and paint a dark charcoal gray into the grooves.


I don't have a lot of progress to share as of yet. We did tackle grabbing all the supplies we need - wearing masks and all.


We've also tackled Chip Gaines' favorite day on any project...

So, now we have stairs that look like this:

Woof. I've got to keep telling myself that with any remodeling project it always looks worse before it gets better!


We're planning on tackling a lions share of the stairs/entryway this weekend. I hope to have lots more progress to share next week. Until then, there are lots of other One Room Challenge participants to get inspiration and progress from. Let me know which room (other than mine) you're excited to see come together. See you next week!


Happy Designing!

- Angela :)


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