In our 1954 Cape, I have tackled almost each room, one at a time. We did a major kitchen renovation a year and a half ago, in order to update it and open it to the two adjacent rooms.
Recently, I re-decorated our main living room with a few new custom furniture pieces that helped me re-orient the space. I then added curtains and some wall decor, and voila!...It's now a peaceful new room I can be proud to host in.
One thing I truly loved about this house, besides its location, and built-in 1954 craftsmanship and character, was that it had a really great little entry-way leading to different areas of the home. To the left, is the formal livingroom. Straight ahead is the newly renovated kitchen, and the stairs going up and to the right is a little hall leading to our first floor full bath and two first floor bedrooms.
These walled-in stairs have been waiting to be my next little project! They've been carpeted in a dingy beige, patterned carpet from wall to wall for the 4 years we've owned this home. The carpet is likely at least 30 years old, and I just can't get it to look clean.
So, not long ago, I pulled up the bottom corner to discover, YES! They DO have beautiful oak treads. One of these days, when the kids are in school and my hubby is at work (and I have a little time), I'll be putting on a dust mask and tearing that old carpet out. I will discover the condition underneath and I know I may need to do some sanding and painting (I think I'd like the risers to be a soft white, and I'll leave the treads oak). Lastly, I'll add a unique, and bright stair runner to expose the edges of the treads and risers, but keep it soft underfoot.
Here's a little blog that tells me exactly what to do to attach a new beautiful runner! https://www.homes.com/blog/2018/05/how-to-install-a-stair-runner/ (This new carpet, I'll measure for and pre-order, of course).
And, when the day comes to surprise my husband with this little project (once prepared, I am pretty sure I could get it done in one day), I'll snap some before and afters, and add them to this post.
That's all for now. I love home ownership and all the ways it helps me be creative! If you need any help finding or selling your own home here in upstate NY, you know where to reach me! Right here on colleensnyderhomes.com, or at my phone (right by my side all the time) (585) 284-8221. I look forward to your call and would be so happy to help you!