This post is in partnership with Homes.com.
One of the most popular questions we’re asked is, What’s your favorite room in the house? I always, always answer with our entryway. Always. Although it’s not technically a ‘room,’ it’s an area that saw a lot of change when we moved into our home. A mudroom (or entry or foyer or!) was a must on our wish list during the house hunt; as silly as it might sound, a mudroom has always equated to luxury in my mind! It’s a place to lace up or take off your shoes, hang your coat and greet friends with a hug. As a quick back story, because our home was purchased as a two-flat, the entryway served as the common space, and it was blocked off by doors that lead into the first and second floor apartments. As a part of our first wave of renovation, we took down walls and doors, and over the better part of a year, we converted those two floors back into a single family home – with, as you know, a garden apartment below.
To say that the entryway has been a labor of love would be a huge understatement. Somewhere along our home’s history, our 130-year-old stairs had been painted brown and red, then covered in maroon carpet (the 70’s, right?). We stripped it all back and gave them a classic black and white finish using floor paint, and then, growing tired of the constant touch-up, we gave them several thin coats of polyurethane. The poly worked like a dream, and since completing that project two years ago, there have only been a few chips in the bull noses (a result of Jack and CC using our stairs like a race track!).
All of that brought us to here:
We love those black and white stairs. The treads are pocked and dented, a badge of honor from the last century of use. There’s a stubborn nail that pops out of that third riser when the weather changes; neither one of us have ever been able to successfully pull it out. And after all the changes it has seen, this clean look has always served as a reminder of how far it’s come.
But. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been sharing on our Stories that a change was on the way. We would be installing a runner! We always thought we might-maybe-someday do so, but now more than ever, it was time. Although we know to be careful when using our stairs, we were constantly telling our friends and family to hold onto the handrail. The stairs are narrow and not as deep as more modern staircases, and we were always the tiniest bit on edge when going up and down. For us, this was about safety. The entire tutorial on how we DIY-ed the installation (and more CC cuteness than you could possibly handle) is on Homes.com this week!
Although we were covering that classic black and white staircase, we were determined to choose an equally classic counterpart. The winner was an outdoor-rated faux sisal from Sisal Rugs Direct in the color Belize Dune with a cotton Granola border. The project itself was extremely DIY-able, and it can be completed using most tools you probably already have around your home! There were only two items we needed to buy – a staple gun (this one paired with our air compressor) and a bolster chisel, both of which were invaluable to this project.
We’re breaking down how we selected our runner, the install from start-to-finish, why we couldn’t have done it without painter’s tape, and how a teeny, tiny wood shim came to our rescue in this century old home. (Plus more CC! More Jack!) It’s all on the Homes.com blog this week!