Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Painted Stair Runner {Reveal}

I'm so very excited!

They're done, they're done!

Remember how unfortunate my stairwell used to be?


I think it looks so much better now... 


Ignore the green walls. One project at a time, you know?  

This was my inspiration photo:

via Pottery Barn "Kids' Rooms"

And here is the final product...


I love how the faux stair skirt lends a crisp look to the space, and I think all that ridiculous taping (hours of my life, people!) paid off. 


I also adore how the painted runner turned out. Yellow can be such a tricky color, but I am head over heels in love with this one -- it's a warm muted gold, definitely not a school bus throwback.
And even though the teeny tiny dark stripes nearly gave me an ulcer and some gray hairs, I'm also really glad I took the time to tape, paint, re-tape, and patch them until my eyes crossed.



We're talkin' several-hours-on-my-hands-and-knees-using-a-baby-paintbrush patching.

Did I mention that I'm so, so, so excited that my life is back my stairs are done?

What exactly went into this project? Check it out:
Carpet/Linoleum Removal Part 1 and Part 2

Also... here's a step-by-step of how I painted the runner, in case you needed to make one yourself!
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110 comments:

  1. This looks AWESOME!!!

    You did a Great job - High Five!

    Emily

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  2. Great job!!!! All that work, did pay off!!

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  3. So, so beautiful! They really turned out amazingly well. Definitely worth the effort! Love the yellow.

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  4. GOTTA know the name of that GORGEOUS yellow paint!!!!
    (Great job, by the way...they look INCREDIBLE!)

    :-)

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  5. Thank you ladies, I'm beyond flattered :) The color is Valspar's Carolina Inn Crossroads Gold (3008-6A)

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  6. FYI: I think your stairwell picture is from a Pottery Barn Book: Kids' Rooms. (I checked it out from the library last year and took a picture of it for my own files.)

    And yes! It looks lovely! Do you have any concerns about little people slipping? (I ask because we have a rug running down our steps and I don't really care for it. But I'm afraid of taking it off and watching my kiddos slip.)

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  7. Thanks for the source update!

    As for slipping, I'm not overly concerned right now... the paint itself isn't slippery at all, but I admit I'm not 100% done with the coats of poly so if you're interested I'd be happy to givce you an update once it's totally complete.

    It is a basement staircase that doesn't get a lot of traffic right now (talk to me AFTER we gut our basement and make it supah fabulous!)... are your stairs wood? My mother's wood floors have texture in them and aren't really slippery... but my BIL's old house had the slipperiest wood floors of ALL time. They were gorgeous but I'd never recommend them just for that reason... so maybe it just depends your specific flooring.

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  8. Your staircase is BEAUTIFUL! It looks so crisp & bright & clean....well done!

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  9. I'm happy for you!!! Your stairs look better than the inspiration photo.

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  10. Absolutely worth every minute...easy for me to say b/c they weren't my minutes, but they look AMAZING!!! Anna...way.to.go!

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  11. Wow Wow WOW! They look absolutely fabulous Anna!

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  12. WOW! That staircase looks fantastic!!!! Your hard work DEFINITELY paid off!!!

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  13. Wowzers!!! They look fabulous! I've been following your blog and OMG! you've done an incredible job with these stairs : )

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  14. Bravo....it looks amazing. well worth all that scrapping (kudos Joe)and teh dark grey line really makes it pop. Amazing. I am a teensy bit jealous....not that those stairs would work in my house. I LURVE them.

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  15. Gorgeous! I'll be tackling our craftsman style stairs in about a month. You have given me hope!

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  16. you did a great job, I don't have any experience with anything similar, but I'm sure it was a lot of work. But the results are completely awesome. Good for you! Beautifully done!

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  17. school bus yellow....... hmmmm. intriguing........

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  18. All I can say is....WOW!! Those stairs are fabulous. Like soooo fabulous that I want to rip up the carpet off mine right now and try this myself. Except, I don't have the patience for all that detail work at the moment, but I'm totally keeping this in mind for the day the hubs owes me a favor!! Maybe I can trick him into all the work?!? :)

    Thanks for posting such a great tutorial and if you get a minute, I'd love for you to stop by my blog and check it out. I'm a new blogger and would love your feedback (or heck, for you to become a follower!). www.thetallchick.blogspot.com

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  19. This by far is the BEST stair re-model I have EVER seen!! This belongs on TV!! I"m not saying this to be nice either, I truly am BLOWN away! I LOVE that you switched it & did the yellow in the middle, Your talent seizes to amaze me :) GREAT JOB once again!!
    Kim B.

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  20. God love you!! Taping is the bane of every painter's existence... and yours takes the top prize for headaches and hair pulling! It came out AMAZING though!!! Kudos to you. And welcome back to the world of the sane. :)

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  21. Wow, your taping/painting looks meticulous!

    I love, love, love how it turned out. :)

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  22. What a fun transformation! Your painted runner is fab.

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  23. This looks amazing! You did a great job!

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  24. I was wondering where you were going with the yellow in the middle, now it all makes sense. Love it. And the dark lines look perfect! Are you going to put numbers on them like the inspiration photo? Great job.

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  25. Holy. Mackerel. That has got to be the coolest staircase in the entire blog-o-sphere! It's even better than the inspiration piece. *standing ovation* I applaud your efforts, they truly paid off! Wonderful job! Bravo!

    Best,

    Kimberly

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  26. Looks Fantastic! Love the yellow!

    Warm Wishes,
    Jodie

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  27. hiya anna , what a fab job you did on the stairs soooo worth all the taping and painting and taping and painting !!! it is so subtle and very elegant too x tfs i am your newest follower tfs
    www.emilysnan.blogspot.com
    xmaggiex

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  28. Amazing! I love the yellow. Beautiful job!

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  29. OH EMMM GEE! They look SO gorgeous!!!!! I'm in LOVE...I mean CRAZY love with yellow lately!! My master bedroom re-do is centered around it! You did such an amazing job! New follower now! :)

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  30. This.is.GREAT!! I don't think I would have had the patience to do those! Soo cute!!

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  31. What a fantastic job!! I'm in the midst of a basement makeover and last on the list is the (dun-dun-DUNNNN) stairs! I'm very inspired by your posts about your stairs and just helps reinforce the idea that *I can do it!* Thanks so much for sharing!

    ~Stephanie C

    ps: someone mentioned slipping... you could always throw some *texture* into the paint (if you saved some of that yellow paint), you know, like they put on garage floors. It'll give you a no-slip surface - not that you want to paint again lol, I'm just sayin'

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  32. Wow, that is amazing. I love the yellow. I can't believe you did that just with paint! (and a lot of hard work too I'm sure!) Great job!

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  33. Wow what a lovely job you did. The stairs look fantastic. What an improvement!

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  34. Look at you on UCreate! Great job Anna!

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  35. coming over from Ucreate. Your steps are amazing. I have a set of horrifying steps too and you just inspired me! I am your newest follower I would love to have you pop on by my blog and follow.
    Au revoir
    Caroline

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  36. LOVE those stairs, and excellent job picking a yellow color. I had to repaint my family room twice (with 2 story high ceilings), because of picking the wrong colors. Congrats!

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  37. Looks so cool! Its amazing what a little paint will do!
    -Chartreuse-

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  38. They turned out soo great! I can't wait to redo ours.

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  39. That is incredible! You did an awesome job. It looks soooo good!

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  40. Hi! I found your site via Shabby Chic Cottage~

    I love this idea. Please don't mind if I steal it.

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  41. Divine. I love the yellow and I feel your taping pain, but oh so worth it.

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  42. Stunning! Just stunning! And I love the pinstripe on the edges ... it really makes the yellow pop and is the perfect finishing touch. :)

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  43. Wow, I can't even imagine how many hours this project took you. Looks wonderful! Now sit back and enjoy, you deserve it!

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  44. WOW!!! I think that looks great. I am sure it was time consuming but it definitely looks worth it!

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  45. Such a great idea! I love it!!!

    <3

    Risa

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  46. That turned out so good! Cute, cute, cute!!!!

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  47. The stairs look AMAZING. What an awesome idea! I am super impressed!

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  48. This is positively stunning!I am in LOVE with this project! You did an amazing job.

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  49. Oooh, these are so awesome and so cheerful!

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  50. I am totally in love with your stairs! Is that normal?!?! Probably not, but you did an awesome job and they look AMAZING!! You should be very proud of yourself. I can only imagine the amount of time and patience it took to complete your stairs. You rocked it!!!!

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  51. Your patience is mind blowing. I'm pretty sure I would have given up on the gray stripes after just a couple of risers.

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  52. You did such a fantastic job!!! And I could just spy your light fixture in the photo!! LOL!! I chickened out on mine and bought a new one. Oh well!! ;o) So proud of you!!!!!
    ~Terry

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  53. i would love it you shared this at my party! you did a fabulous job, looks great.
    http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/2011/03/anything-goes-party-10.html

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  54. Thanks for the info. I would love to hear how the stairs work out (slippery-wise) when you are completed and have a chance to use them more.

    And to answer your question, our stairs are wood. The "rise?" is painted, but not the top part that you step on. I'm curious what they look like under the runner rug -- hmmmmmm…? :)

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  55. OH. MY. WORD. Hands down, the best stairway transformation I've seen. It is absolutely adorable! Whatever labor you invested into it, it was TOTALLY worth it! Well done, missy!

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  56. Oh WoW! those stairs are to die for!!!!! :-) x

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  57. These stairs are stunning!! Love the yellow. Beautiful job.

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  58. I truly LOVE your stairway. What a terrific.

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  59. Meticulously done..and they look fabulous!

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  60. Looking great!! I love the faux skirt idea, I might add this to my basement stairs to help them feel more polished. I hope you'll stop by my linky party and share :)

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  61. Stopping by from tator tots and jello--I'm your newest follower! This is AMAZING! I know it's easy for me to say...but your hours (and hours and hours) of hard work and patience paid off. I love this!

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  62. Lovely job...just fabulous and the dark striped trim really makes such a difference, so your time was well spent!! Give yourself a pat on the back!

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  63. Gasp!! AMAZING transformation!!

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  64. They look amazing. I would love for you to share it on More The Merrier Monday's Link Party!!

    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  65. This looks amazing! Would love for you to share on my new link party!

    http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/04/want-to-party.html

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  66. I love the way your stairs turned out. The fine black line you added was well worth all your efforts, it adds so much detail to it. I have a similar set of u-g-l-y stairs, I removed the carpet and have tons of glue to sand off. I have been putting it off for months. Thanks for inspiring me to get back to it!
    ~Danylle

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  67. They look totally awesome! Thank you for sharing.

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  68. Wow! Impressive amount of work you put into these stairs!
    I LOVE how they turned out. Beautiful and outside the box. :)
    Meredith @ Welcome to Heardmont

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  69. They look amazing - perfect colour of yellow you used and the black stripe is like the proverbial cherry on top.

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  70. Beautiful!! Great work, but wouldn't using the pin stripping they use on cars have worked for the black stripe? Might have been easier to. I love the shade of yellow you used.

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  71. haha!! you made me giggle with your 'tone'!

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  72. KUDOS! I see hours and hours of work there! Congratulations! I have to ask...will you be adding the numbers {at maybe a LATER date}? Sorry ;) I do think it would be way cute with the numbers, but really, NO PRESSURE! There's more to life than painting for sure! LOVE IT!!!

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  73. You've been featured this week at my Hookin Up with HoH Party!

    Please feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like!

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  74. Beautiful! I love the pin stripe detailing. And trust me when I tell you, I bet that took you a long, long, long, long time! Perfection always does ;-).

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  75. That is incredible, what amazing attention to detail! I can't imagine how painful that must have been to complete but it looks great. :)

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  76. @Shan, I might add numbers one day... but I'll do it in vinyl I bet. It feels less permanent in case I decide I don't like it down the road :)

    Thanks for all your comments!! I am completely floored at the response these stairs have gotten. WOW!

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  77. OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! You have inspired me to contemplate the very real option of ripping out my carpet on the stairs and doing this... your tip on painting every other step first was brillant.. sadly, I think I would have only realized this AFTER the first foot/paint print!

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  78. OMG 80 comments !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Anyway the stairs are fabulous and I have seen 2 other step redo today so yes that is encourging me to paint mine to the studio

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  79. Looks fantastic!!! Hard work really pays off in the end!!

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  80. well, aren't you just ten kinds of fabulous! ;)

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  81. This is ten million kinds of amazing, and such an inspiration!!!! It also makes the painting projects I've been putting off look puny by comparison. Hmm...maybe I ought to get to some of those tomorrow...Thanks SOOO much for sharing!!!!!!!!

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  82. wow .This is a super project that came out so awesome. I like yours better than the inspiration photo. Just beautiful work! Congrats to you.

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  83. spectacular!! Great job!!! that inspires me to do my own!!! i would love for you to link it up at our link party going on now.
    Amy
    www.SistersoftheWildWest.blogspot.com

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  84. I like your version even more than the inspiration photo. It sure was worth the effort. Wonderful result.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  85. This is SO beautiful! I love it!

    I would love to have you come and do a special guest post about this on Remodelaholic if you are interested please let me know and I will send you the details!

    Cassity

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  86. just gorgeous. you are now my inspiration to finish my stairs....after i have my baby. cant wait til they look as good as this!

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  87. Oh my goodness! Can we say LABOR INTENSIVE! WOW, GREAT JOB!
    ~Pam
    pamspaintparlor.typepad.com

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  88. Oh My Gosh! These are beautiful. You did an amazing job on the transformation. I love the yellow.

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  89. WOW thats' lovely!

    I'm your newest follower.

    Hope you can stop by sometime

    Cindy
    Purple Froggie Clay Stuff

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  90. Anna - The stairs are simply perfection. BEAUTIFUL work!
    Now, that you have me interested in possibly tackling such a project on my back stairwell, did you ever consider some kind of super tape for the tiny stripe? Not sure if my old knees could handle the precision work you undertook.
    Thanks,
    Laura

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  91. Wonderful project! I found this via Pinterest. How has the paint held up? Are they very slippery?

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  92. Really beautiful stairs but it requires lot of care.

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  93. Amazing work! You've inspired me to try it out on my own stairs! How do you manage to keep the scuffmarks off the treads though?

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  94. Thanks! Well, I made peace with the fact that it would never stay in perfect shape... the worn look is actually one of the things I liked in the inspiration photo from PB kids. But if you put waterbased poly on it it will be much more scrubbable and it will last longer too... magic erasers are my friends. ;)

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  95. Those stairs are GORGEOUS! I'm pinning them now!!

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  96. great stairs. And I love your blog - I'm your newest follower!

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  97. The stairs designs are truly awesome. I must appreciate you. I will closely follow your updates now

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  98. The yellow colour is lovely, do you mind revealing the paint colour and brand?

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  99. So funny! I did the same thing to my stairs at about the same time you did after I removed all of them and added a skirt board. I REALLY wish I had thought to add a faux skirt board like you did! Mine "stair runner" looks more like the one from Sarah's House on HGTV (wider band on the outside stripe and numbers I attached to the risers). I love the look of them, but they show EVERYTHING! Do you have the same problem? I am actually debating making the middle "runner" a darker color to help alleviate some of the dirt that shows. Yep, I'm ok with the dirt being there, I just don't want to see it! LOL!

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  100. Shawna McClenenDecember 23, 2012 8:47 AM

    I did something very similar to this with my stairs. I have 3 stripes on each side of my "runner." I'm not quite sure what I was thinking when I decided this because taping off the stripes was very difficult. I was SO happy that I spent the couple extra bucks and bought the green Frog brand tape. You do not have to worry about sealing the edges of the paint or having ANY paint get under the tape. Just pull it up and your stripes will be perfect. If you are thinking out doing this, I HIGHLY recommend Frog Tape!

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  101. Simple improvements can go a long way. You may be in a bad mood as you enter such space and then you see the work done on the stairs and it uplifts you. I life what you have done with your stairs. Your customized design makes the space more cozy. Thanks for sharing!

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