Monday, September 16, 2013

Painted Door and Stairs

I never use my front door.  I rarely use my side door.  However, day after day I park my car in the garage and use the door in the garage that leads directly into my mud room.  
Last weekend I decided it was time to beautify the entrance I use day after day.  I was inspired to do this after featuring a project Being Home did with her garage entryway.  
Here's what the door looked like before.  It was just a basic white.
The stairs were painted grey years ago and as you can see were in need of a little TLC.  
I had a brand new quart of paint, in a custom color, that I had never used.  I had bought it when I painted the upholstery of the Pottery Barn Teen chairs I got on Craigslist.  I had used so little paint for that project that I never even needed to open this can.
I left the door on the hinges and taped off the handle and the sides.  I painted two coats on the door using a regular paint brush.  I guess you could use a roller, but it was easier with a brush to get into all of the nooks and crannies of the detail on the door.  I was careful to get rid of any brush strokes.

After painting the door I also painted two coats on the stairs and railing.
This time I decided to add two pieces of carpet to each stair.   We found these carpet tiles at Lowes.  They were in blue and green and coordinated well with the stairs.  They are stapled in place.

Using my Silhouette machine I created these numbers out of vinyl.
On the door I used my Silhouette again to cut out the Welcome Home and "K" out of vinyl.

What a huge improvement...

and what a nicer way to come into the house through the garage!

Can't wait to hear what you think.


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Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I love it, what a fabulous difference. It looks so pretty and adding the welcome and K really makes it pretty. The carpet tiles are fabulous additions too. Hugs, Marty

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

What a great way to be welcomed home - I love that it is pretty for you, not just for company :-)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love it, Judy! I think it looks great. So many people use their garage door entrances and don't pretty them up as much as their front doors. I love how you did the stairs, too, with the numbers.

Taylor Jeavons said...

Wow that looks great! Its so easy to ignore the things we actually use every day!

andi filante said...

What a great idea! I love how it turned out. :)


Unknown said...

I think this project is just brilliant! So many times I tend to focus on the 'public' rooms and neglect those areas that are just for us. You did a great job! It looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing all your hard work.

Jamie-So Much Better With Age said...

OMG that's gorgeous! What a huge difference ;)
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Being Home said...

Judy, your stairs and door turned out lovely! I love that shade of blue. Very serene. I am so glad you were inspired. That is what this whole blogging thing is all about! ;) Like you, I use the garage entry door to come into the house. It is so nice to come home to a beautiful entry. :)

Oh, I like the decals and the numbers on the stairs. Very nice touch. :)

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

That turned out fabulous Judy!! Love it!

Unknown said...

These look gorgeous! I actually in the process of repainting my spiral staircases. I've doing some serious research since it's my first home DIY project of this magnitude. I want to make sure I have as much knowledge to accomplish my task. I really appreciate the info!

Unknown said...

Welcome Home, K' :) Great idea! It's one way to boost your spirit after a day's work. It's always nice to see what creative ideas people can come up with. Jannet@Walker Contracting

Unknown said...

Love the customized door design! Your very own portal into your home! The double carpets were a nice touch. At least now it won’t fade out that much like what happened to the old gray paint.


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