Originally our stair well was nothing special. It did have really high ceilings, but that was it. The only thing that stood out was that it was very poorly lit. ONE can light to brighten the entire area. It had orange oak and off white contractors flat paint. Nothing to write home about. UNTIL NOW!
I wish I had a decent picture of the original! I do however have a few process pictures, just to give you a better idea
of the progress made. See the yellow post ? All the dark brown you see was originally THAT color. Unfortunately, I do not have a blog post for that one… It happened within days of moving in… Back before “Sawdust 2 Stitches” was around.
Moving on. I then add some character by adding “Board and Batten” to the stair well. You can see the full tutorial HERE.
Next on the agenda ? The lighting, or more accurately the LACK of lighting. This project was NOT an easy task, but I am in love with the way it turned out! Believe it or not, this fixture is made of wood (obviously), PVC pipe, Dollar Tree vases and Ikea lamp cords. You can get more details HERE!
Last thing that needed to be addressed ? The large blank wall. It was MASSIVE and so, so, empty… Anything I could find that was large enough was REALLY expensive; and truth be told, I didn’t really love anything I found.
I decided I wanted to do a gallery wall. However, I did not want it full of smaller frames with images you would not be able to see! I envisioned large black and white architecture images… You know what is NOT cheap large art prints.
You know what is cheap ? Poster Board!
I grabbed some black and white poster board, and charcoal pencils, and went to town! (If this is intimidating, LOOK HERE for some easy alternatives!)
I can show you how to make your own rustic custom frames HERE!