Archives for February 2010

Step Black!

Step Black!Written by: Tim Layton (aka Remodeling Guy)

Tim’s love of creativity and design mix with a perspective built on a career as a remodeling contractor.He can also can be found at his blog,

Step Black!? Oh man… sometimes I really make myself wonder with my goofy titles.

Maybe a picture will help!

Step Black!Black painted stair treads!

I was looking though some pictures on House Beautiful, and I started to realize that I was seeing the same idea over and over.  I must have been living under a rock, because I didn’t realize much of this was going on.  Maybe it is.

Have you ever considered painting your stairs black? I’m talking solid black, as in “pitch”.

How about a few more pictures:

Step Black!

Step Black!

I like it!  I really think this is a great alternative to stained wood steps.  If you’re remodeling and your old steps are pretty worn out, this is an option that can look wonderful without breaking the bank.

Step Black!

This is also something that can be done by a less experienced DIY’er if you’re so inclined.  The real key is to make sure the paint dries well between coats and then that it is allowed to really cure for a good week or more before allowing traffic on it.  This allows the paint surface to harden up before it has to withstand foot traffic.

So, what do you think?

Are you going to step-up to the plate and give black steps a try?
Or maybe you want to take it down a notch and go with a lighter color?

Tomorrow, Melissa will be showing you her dramatic red staircase before & after makeover, her thoughts on the upkeep of wood and painted steps versus carpet, and her plans for making over for her new staircase (and the plans involve BLACK!) Stay tuned…

photos: House Beautiful

Interior Columns

Interior Columns

A reader, Allison, asked if I would this photo of our interior room dividing columns so I thought I’d share it here in the Behind The Scenes section of my blog. I want to start adding more things over here!

We have two sets of these columns, one is in the family room (this photo) and the other divides our living room and dining room. Both look just like the photo above.

One of the reasons we chose this new house over other new houses we looked at is it had a few features that gave it a little more character to begin with than many new houses we saw. We have a long ways to go to add all the character I envision (remember, I am an old house lover!), but at least we had a decent start.