After we had fulled bead boarded the stairwell we had to think about the finishing touches. We needed to patch, sand and paint the space as well as install new lighting. Due to the height of the space and the large amount of work needed we decided that we would hire out the painting. This was a tough call for us. On principle alone, I refuse to hire out any work that I believe we can do as good or better then the professional. There is not many tasks that fit that description, so we really try to utilize our skills when we can. The issue was timing. We wanted to get the house refinanced, we wanted to get the room done and we had other 'life things' that needed to get accomplished.
So, happy faces. All I can say is the stairwell is completely transformed. The space is so bright and clean it's almost too perfect! We chose to paint the entire space our Bone White. I know you just gasped, Taylor actually painted an entire space white! I know I can hardly believe it myself, but in the end I wanted to keep the stairwell light and airy and there was really no color that I felt would do that except for our trusty Bone White. We have plans to eventually strip and stain the banister, which will make the space more dramatic. Since I haven't completely lost my technicolor obsession I did paint the stairwell window the same red as our doors and windows (not in the pictures because I haven't taken new ones yet). This was to copy what we also did in the mudroom since that space was also bead board.
Paneling materials and installation: $1,435, Paint materials and application: $600, Two custom built lights: $420, installation- free we installed them ourselves, New window-$700, Paint for window- free- used old paint, applied ourselves. Total: $3,155
This was our least DIY room in the whole house, but it was probably in the worst shape with the most challenging access so I think everything was required.