It’s Pinterest Challenge time again over at Young House Love and oh was I excited about this one! I FINALLY pulled the trigger on one of the first things I ever pinned, a chevron stair case -
Ahh…love this more every time I look at it. Not to mention the wainscoting and decor in the picture are perfect. But alas, carpet just isn’t in the budget right now so I figured I had two choices, paint or wallpaper. Wallpaper seemed like way too much effort for such a small space so paint it was. I started by giving the stairs a good cleaning (projects seem to be the only time something get’s a good cleaning in our house lately…) and a fresh coat of cream paint. To make the chevron pattern, I created a template using some cardboard. Then I traced the pattern onto the steps before using my beloved Frog Tape to tape the lines. Along the way, I ended up creating a couple other template pieces to fit into the smaller spaces around the edge of each step.
This was seriously one of the most tedious, time consuming processes I ever used and ranks right up there on the fun scale with painting the ceiling on our sun porch. Ugg. But after the pattern was traced and taped off, I gave the steps two coats of a dark gray paint and I was done!
I haven’t had much time to take it in, but so far I’m pretty happy. If I could do it over I’d use a slightly darker gray, but it’s soooo not worth taping and painting again. I also like that our staircase isn’t the focal point in our house, so the pattern doesn’t overwhelm you. It’s a nice little surprise that you catch on accident.
Some day I’m hoping we can upgrade to a carpet runner, especially when kiddos start running up and down the stairs, but for now I’m diggin’ our new steps.
To check out more of my pins, visit me on Pinterest. Any suggestions on what I should do for the next Pinterest Challenge?