Category Archives: Remodeling

Top Hits Revisited: DIY Refinishing Stairs

Back in the day….3 years ago or so…I had read an article online. This girl Sarah….had refinished her stairs…all by herself. I read the “article” about 5 times. Not realizing that I was reading a blog post…that would change everything. I had been a DIYer my whole life….but I wasn’t documenting it. Sarah introduced me to this amazing new world that is “blogging”. I set out to refinish my own stairs after I saw how amazing hers had turned out. If I haven’t told you thank you Sarah….thank you:)

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It was a project I completed for under $100…in one weekends time…and I still love them to this day. It was the most satisfying project I had taken on. It is the project I get the most questions on….the YouTube informational tutorial has been viewed over 157,000 times….and one of the top hits on the blog.

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We ended up putting sisal treads on the stairs so that our pup would have an easier time with using them. They too have held up great! I do not have one chip in the paint…(we decided to paint the treads instead of stain because after sanding them there was still paint and caulk spots that would have shown through). We used high gloss latex paint (Behr color Molasses). The white risers have been touched up once….not bad for all the wear and tear these stairs are put through daily. (The white is Porter Paint color White Umber). Light French Grey by Behr is on the walls….Reflecting Pool on the ceiling.

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The question I tend to get a lot is how to figure out what kind of wood is under your carpeted stairs. The easiest “test” is to see if your stair has a “rolled” edge. If the edge of your stairs are rolled….the wood is most likely a common pine tread (which is what my stairs are). If your stairs look like the corners are more square…the wood is most likely plywood. A plywood stair is not worth finishing in my opinion. You could “finish” them…with the intent of replacing in the future with a real wood stair….but if you go to sell your house…the buyer will consider a plywood stair as subfloor material….and unfinished. Just food for thought….

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If you have any questions….please comment and let me know….I would love to help you out!

Here are some other post related to the stairs

 

I will be revisiting old post that have been the most popular…to give you updates and to show new readers some of the past:) Do you have any favorites you would like me to update?

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Creating an egress window in a basement: Part one

Please excuse the really poor pictures….most were taken on my cellphone but the setting was low-res…so they are a bit fuzzy. I wanted to give you an update to the guest bedroom in the basement project. We had an egress window installed a few weeks back. There was a few snags in the window sizing ….so a new window was installed on Thursday last week. All is well now. We were really happy with the outcome. This huge window provides loads of light to a once dark space. It lights up the whole basement! I will take better pics soon….

A bit about the process ….

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We started with a typical basement window. The nice thing about our basement is the ceiling height…it is 9 feet…which allowed for a large 5 by 6 opening. The building codes in our area state that and egress window must be 48 inches from the basement floor.

The first day the crew came….they moved the decking and began digging to the foundation bottom. When they had a hole big enough…they began to jackhammer the concrete to create the opening. Not for the faint of heart…#holdme…..

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there’s a hole in my basement dear liza, dear liza….there’s a hole in my basement dear liza a hole….

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Inside, they placed plastic (lots of dust people), pulled back the carpet, and cut the drywall to expose the window opening. On day two, the crew jackhammered some more. When the opening was cut….the concrete from the foundation was broken up and pushed into the hole (this allows nice for good drainage).

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The guest room is coming along too…wall is up and painted….now onto the trim:)

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I will have more about this process soon and show you what it looks like all done!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Change of course…

I tend to over analyze things. Especially when it comes to money being spent on our house. We have been talking about a front porch for about a year…we have met with a builder to discuss the plans…we have checked with our neighborhood association about any restrictions…we are pretty much set to go forward. There has been this little voice in my head though….do something more practical. A porch is nice….but not a necessity.

Ever since we turned the bedroom into an office for my hubs…we have been without a proper guest room. This isn’t a huge deal…we don’t have a ton of long-stay overnight guests. However, we do have friends come in often for one or two overnight visits…and it leaves me the task with setting up a “guest space” in and office. Not ideal. It has worked fine….but we have the space in the basement to set up a nice cozy room…that will also add value to the house.

We have decided to use our resources to create an egress window (which is basically a window below grade that can allow for easy emergency access to the basement), along with a guest bedroom. There is a corner in our basement that rarely gets use…so it will be a great use of this space.

The transformation will not be to difficult. A wall will be put up with a pocket door. The room size will be a cozy 9 by 12. The window will have to be installed on the other wall in the basement. For a below grade basement bedroom to be considered a “bedroom” you must have an exit. If you have a walk out on your basement…then you are already set. Our basement is not a walkout….so we will be having an egress window installed. The window will be 6 by 3 and let in loads of natural light too.

It is not to say the fabulous front porch will never happen….it is just being put off for a little while. All in good time….

Here are some pictures of some other cozy bedrooms….can’t wait to share this process with you:)

Do you have any bedrooms in the basement? How has it worked out for you?

I  will be sharing some inspiration boards for this space later in the week:)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Office/Craft Room Reveal

It is kind of like giving birth….taking a room from blah to ahhhhh….that is the only way to describe it. It is always a process writing a post like this. Recalling all the things I have already shared…and trying to remember what I haven’t shared. Bare with me ;) I will be talking about this space for many weeks to come….but I wanted to reward you with some fun pictures..thanks for your patience friends.

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There are a few things left to do….but you get the gist of it…

Here is where we started….

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Oh my…in the words of my blog friend Chelsea…Capitol H…. Hot Mess…. Moving on….

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And let’s go back to how we look now….

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The white paint on the walls and trim made this built in look brand new. I really wanted to keep what I could…and this entire wall of shelving was built by my honey about 7 years ago. The desk functions really well….nice a long with sewing at one end and computer at the other. The wall paint is Simply White by Benjamin Moore in flat. The trim is all semi gloss. We had a piece of glass cut to fit the super long desk.

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The light is from Overstock.com…perfect mix of classic and modern. I will chat more about the window panels in a bit…the “valance” is an old piece of trim. It was already this perfect shade of gray. Panel fabric is from the Waverly Williamsburg collection.office craft room reveal at cleverlyinspired (4)

I shared on Instagram this mantle that has been in my garage since last summer….it has found it’s permanent home. I was thinking of painting it a nice charcoal…but I am loving this stained-beat-up look too. For the inset of the mantel I used a fun new product called Air stone. I am so pleased with the results. I will do a post on it very soon. Such an innovative product. Also, above the mantel…I will be framing my Traveling Artwork. The reading chair, framed chicken wire, blanket, pillow, side table, desk chair, lamp and planter are all from Homegoods. Love me some Homegoods :) The large print that is sitting on the mantle right now is a poster I made on Printsagram (96 instagrams all on one poster;).

The faux fireplace is such a nice feature to this room. I ended up white washing the Airstone….more of that soon…. Of course…the fun upcycled door that became my gift wrap holder…love that!

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Everything came off the shelves and I reduced and reorganized. All the small items were placed in large jars. I love the chalkboard contact paper. You can cut it any size, and stick it on. Perfect for so many uses! More post coming soon on the desk accessories;)

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The grey bins are Target’s Threshold brand….love them!

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Grey patterned desk chair is from Homegoods. (shocker I know)

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We made this “art cart” to a size that would work nicely in the room. It is on wheels and the top is Carrera marble tiles…yum:) It holds all my photography backdrops and has shelves on both side for pretty baskets (still looking for a few containers to finish it off)  Tutorial soon….

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The floors….oh my the floors….I love these floors. They are light, slightly modern and chic…and warm all at the same time. I absolutely love them. We hired out for the floors. Basically, white pine wide plank, sanded 3 times, white washed (Bono professional brand) and poly (in Satin) (3 coats). I will be putting an area rug down eventually….More on that later too….yall know I don’t like to be too wordy in one post;)office-craft room @cleverlyinspired (1)

 

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I think what I am most pleased about is that this room functions now. Before….it got messy really quickly because there was no order or method to where things belong. Now…scissors get hung up…glue is contained…paint swatches are all in a bin…I love that I know that everything in this space is useful. When I started this room…I went through everything and asked myself…Do I really need this? A pringles can from 2 years ago?…. Loads of fabric scraps that were barely big enough to sew with….glue that had about an ounce left in it….point is…I got rid of 4 large trash bags of stuff. Ahhhhh…..(I think the hardest part is getting started.) But when you tell yourself….I am going to just fill up one bag today…then by the end of the week you have a much clearer vision of what the space can be:)

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I’ll be sharing more soon….what is your favorite part? Oh Please tell me:) I would love for you to share this post with friends too…xoxo!

Here is quick look at my inspiration board for this space:Pictures12_thumb

 

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Have a marvelous weekend friends!

 

 

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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White wash Pine Hardwood flooring

Sometimes….ok…all the time…I mention something to my honey and he looks at me and thinks…”where do you come up with these ideas…”…then I say things like houzz.com and pinterest…and house beautiful..and such…and he says…”if you like it I am sure I will too…”. He’s a gem…a real peach…wouldn’t trade him for all the tea in China (even though I am not a tea drinker…you get the point).
He trusts me when it comes to such “decorating” decisions. I think one reason he trusts me so much is because I am very decisive. If I like something…I love it. No ifs, ands, or buts. I am sold. White wash pine floors had me at hello. I adore the casual, warm, classic style it brings to a room. I love that it can be modern if you want or traditional… Is is a commitment? Yes. Is it a bit of a risk? I suppose. But I love it all…and I jump in with both feet.

Here are some inspiration pictures….the look I am going for in the master and office space we are redoing.

How do you feel about white wash? Yay or nay???
Can’t wait to see this transformation..

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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