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I almost feel silly typing anything about this makeover because the pictures say more than I ever could! Almost. So just indulge me and let me gush for a minute. Annie Sloan reached out to me to give me some of their paint to play with, and I thought I’d take full advantage of the non-priming non-sanding feature of the chalk paint and redo my most wood-covered area: the staircase. Just look at these photos! SO much ugly dated wood. SO much priming and sanding I would have had to tackle otherwise. wood-staircase-before-photo-annie-sloan   before-wood-staircasedid sand the treads of the stairs because I knew that I would want some natural wood tone to ground the space. I used an orbital sander for the bulk of it and a multi-tool with a sanding attachment for the corners and edges. Those two worked together like a dream and a couple of hours later, my treads were sanded and dreamy. I went through a LOT of ideas before I decided on my final design. I thought for SURE I wanted a runner going down the staircase, but after many renditions it just didn’t feel right. See for yourself!
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staircase-mockup
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The biggest difference right away was made by painting the wood paneling white. This small hallway felt IMMEDIATELY bigger. It is incredible!  annie-sloan-progress-photo I removed the handrails and sanded them down. This was simple but tied in the natural wood finish of the treads. I finished all of the wood (and the chalk paint) with Annie Sloan’s Matte Lacquer. stair-rail-sanded This place looks AMAZING and I can’t get over all these colors together! Thanks again to Annie for supporting (and inspiring) this project! To get the colors that I ended up with I played with a bunch of different colors, mixing a few until I got just the right blends. Here’s my list of mixes and colors, from the bottom up!
  • A blend of Emperor’s silk and Barcelona Orange
  • the above blended with Pure white
  • Giverny blue
  • Napoleonic Blue
  • Napoleonic Blue
  • A blend of Emperor’s silk and Barcelona Orange
  • Florence
  • Antibes Green
  • Napoleonic Blue mixed with more Pure white
  • Napoleonic Blue mixed with Pure white
  • Giverny
  • Emperor’s Silk mixed with Pure white (pink)
Lather, rinse, repeat. Annie-Sloan-chalk-paint-staircase-makeover-after   Annie-Sloan-chalk-paint-staircase-makeover before and after