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Stairwell Project Update 2 and Pro Tips for Installing Trim

We started the stairwell project about 2 weeks ago. It got really busy with getting things together for the master bathroom project that I haven’t posted an update. I know you have any been waiting, so here we go!


Design Plan | Update 1

As of the last update, the walls had a layer of skim coat added, the ceiling had been replaced with fresh drywall, and the electrical for the light fixture had been moved to the center of the stairwell. The walls were still brown, but things were moving along.

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The big news is that the light fixture has arrived. It is gorgeous! It also weights a ton. I am so glad I discussed the dimensions of the light fixture with my contractor before the project started. They were able to reinforce the area where the light is going to be installed to ensure it won’t pull out of the ceiling unexpectedly.

The walls have been primed. My contractor uses a primer that has been tinted the same color that will be used for the paint. This way he can use a great primer and typically get away with just one coat of paint.

You can also see that work on the stairs has begun. The stair faces aren’t in the best condition. Carpet was installed on these stairs when we moved in. Our hardwood floor installer did a pretty good job at repairing the faces, but apparently they needed a little extra TLC.

This is a great view of the room from the top of the stairs. This shot was taken the next day. You can see some primer on the banister. Also, the crown molding is up.

This is a closer shot of the crown molding. If you have a room with a lot of empty wall space, I recommend adding moldings, even if it is a simple crown molding. It adds architectural interest to the space and will even increase the value of your home.

This shot was taken a couple of days later. You can tell that they were busy planning out the wainscoting. We started with the idea of using the same height of the wainscoting in the dining room. However, the two-story wall made the draft drawn on the wall look small and insignificant.

We decided to bring the wainscoting up the wall by 40 inches instead of the planned 33 inches. When you come up the stairs, the wainscoting is going to have presence; It is going to be significant, but will not overpower the space.

Pro tip – before you start putting holes in your walls, mark where you intend to add your trim. This will help you to keep straight lines once you are ready to install the trim as well as visualize how the finished product is going to look.

Here is another view of my contractor’s handy work. I am absolutely impressed with the amount of thought that went into the design I provided.

This project is nearing completion. I have another update for you in a few days. This is such an exciting time for us and our home. Thank you for allowing me to share this with you.

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