Entryway Makeover Plans

Our entryway is getting a fresh new look, and I think it might be one of my favorite projects to date (after the master bathroom, of course). We’re in the midst of the mess still, but it’s already looking so much better!  Most of the work is on the actual staircase itself, but we’re updating the entire entryway (minus the flooring on the first floor). One day I will get all hardwoods downstairs though – one day! When we win the lottery most likely.

The old staircase was just outdated and well, not in the greatest shape. The runner was absolutely disgusting, and had to go. We’ve got only one room left with the same gross carpet – the master bedroom and it will also soon be ripped out. Yay, I cannot wait! I’ve hated that carpet from day one. We were told that it was actually expensive carpet back in the day (it’s a thick, looped wool carpet), and I’m sure it was. But I am counting the days until it’s finally gone for good.

Our inspiration for the project came from these images on Pinterest and Instagram. We’re going for a clean look with a hint of craftsman style.

Here are a few crappy iPhone before pictures that I snapped right before we started any of the demo work. Christmas decorations and all.

Things on the to-do list:

  • Rip out disgusting old carpet runner, padding and tack strips
  • Rip out old wooden balusters and install new rod iron balusters
  • Box out the existing newel posts and paint white (the top piece will be stained the same color as the stair treads)
  • Install stair nose molding and hardwoods on landings (they were plywood before covered up by the carpet)
  • Sand & refinish all stair treads
  • Paint all trim work and stair risers a fresh white
  • Paint the entryway walls and upstairs hallway walls in Balboa Mist, by Benjamin Moore
  • Swap out the old almond outlets and switch plates to new white versions
  • Install new pendant light
  • Install new hardwoods in the upstairs hallway (as well as the master bedroom and closet!!)
  • Accessorize and photograph

Only a few minor steps. 🙂 We’ve made lots of progress so far (well, hubby has – me and my pregnant self can only do so much). Here’s a sneak peek at the bottom portion of the stairs looking all fresh, stained and sealed.

I’d say we’re about half way done though and aiming to have everything finished up by the end of the month. Stay tuned for more!