It was over a month ago, when I repainted our divider railing between the dining room and family room a shiny oil-rubbed bronze. Without skipping a beat, I started on the large staircase and then I never finished it. Really. The bottom half (that required more cutting in) was still gray, and I brushed one coat of oil-rubbed bronze on before I got distracted...for over a month. Our friends and family that have been over during that time even pointed it out and questioned what was going on. I replied with nervous laughter, "Oh, we're always right in the middle of things around here."
Recently, I noticed how dated our high-traffic House Tour tab was, and I figured it was time to put the procrastination to an end so I could snap a new photo. This one is currently the photo of the staircase in the House Tour:
Gray railings, the painting in the dining room before I finished it, and the built-ins aren't shown. Now for the updated photo:
Much better, or at least more true to life--and eons away from how it looked when we first moved into our home last April:
While both Chris and I do prefer the oil-rubbed bronzed railings, they still feel very stark to us. Hopefully down the road, we'll be able to upgrade them all together. As far as process goes, especially when it comes to cutting in near the carpet, I used the same technique I did when I painted the railings gray. You can check out that video here.
I think our staircase holds the record for the most amount of transformations in a single year in our home. You can see how it looked when we first moved in above.
Then, I added a slew of artwork:
Then the railings and spindles got a coat of gray paint:
Then I simplified things with a few family photos:
Then the railings and spindles got painted again:
While the ornate spindles aren't exactly our style, we are loving the classic oil-rubbed bronze look that will appeal to a broader group of people if we don't get the chance to change things before we sell. Not that we are planning on selling our home anytime soon, but we don't plan on being here forever and when we're making decor decisions "what is best for resale" is definitely always on our minds.
So it took a month. Okay, over a month. But now it is done and it is the weekend! Any fun plans? We hope to make some progress in our entryway revamp and check out a new restaurant in town. And who knows, maybe Greta will even want to sleep in! :)
P.s. We announced the winner of this week's giveaway here.