Can I start out by saying I love how excited you all get about really simple things like chandeliers with or without shades?
You know what they say, “Birds of a feather…”
I just knew we were all meant to be. 🙂
But really, the conversation on Monday was super fun – thanks friends!
Ok, down to today’s business…
Last week, I shared a little shot that showed our staircase.
I don’t include this view much – not because I don’t like it (I happen to love it) – but just because it’s kind of a tricky one to shoot. Much like most of our house seems to be. Small rooms, odd nooks, and no wide angle lens give me a run for my money most days.
But every so often, I capture a halfway decent view and I slap it up here on the blog. And every time I do, I get questions about our stair runner – so I thought we’d talk about it today. 😀
First a little background…
When we bought the house, it was wall to wall super shiny, orange-y hardwood sporting a heavy coat of shellac.
Not being fans of super shiny, orange-y anything (except maybe pumpkins), they handed us the keys and Jordan literally took off to pick up a sander and headed straight to the house to start work on the floors.
I’m not kidding – that’s why all my “before” photos have half sanded floors in them. 😉
We painstakingly sanded and refinished every inch of floor – minus the kitchen (still to come!) and bathrooms (they get tile) – including all the stairs.
Once sanded, stained, and finished, we gave all the risers a fresh coat of white paint and they looked so beautiful (ignore the dark wall colors – I still can’t believe that was my house…or that I made it that way…) .
I just love a wood and white staircase. *sigh*
So why did I cover them up, you ask?
Well… before Alice we had a lab mix named Esther. Esther was an agile stair climber in her youth, but by the time we made it to this house she was getting up there in age. Her eye sight started to decline, and I think she had a hard time judging distance and keeping her footing on those slippery wood stairs at the same time. After two tumbles down (thankfully unhurt!) we knew we had to add some traction for our poor girl to make it up and down safely. She followed me around like…well…a lost puppy dog…so keeping her contained to the first floor was not an option. 🙂
We shopped locally for attractive, neutral stair runners with no luck.
We browsed the internet and everything we liked was a crazy amount of money.
We considered doing the throw rug thing (where you take multiple rugs of the same pattern and “piece” them together to look like one long runner), but couldn’t find anything that excited us enough to give it a try.
So we turned to the good ol’ carpet section from The Home Depot.
I wanted something that was textured and had the look of a natural fiber rug, so when I saw a simple basketweave carpet in a lovely straw colored tone (it looks more gold in these pictures than it really is in person), I knew that was what I wanted.
Ordering the runner was super simple – we simply gave them our measurements, told them how wide we wanted it to be and let them take care of having it cut and bound.
We did have a couple of hiccups : 1) The order took almost three times longer than estimated – Jordan had to carry poor Esther down the stairs for like three weeks, and 2) They didn’t cut it straight. If you stand at the top and look down the stairs, you can see that the pattern veers off course a little bit – but I’d have to point it out for anyone to notice and they knocked fifty percent off the price for the mistake, so I can live with it. 😉
Jordan installed it himself, and we used a good quality carpet pad underneath – highly recommended as stairs get loads of traffic day in and day out.
Once finished, Esther was thrilled with her new stair runner and enjoyed running up and down those stairs worry-free for the next year until she became ill and we were forced to say goodbye to our sweet pup. 🙁
It’s been over three years and this runner is holding up super well and still looks great. I have no complaints.
Ok, I have one complaint – I hate vacuuming stairs. It’s such a pain.
Have a beautiful day!