(right after ripping the carpet out!)
(The moment I realized two coats of white wasn't going to be enough)
(my creative solution to painting the tops of the stairs while keeping them usable)
(almost done painting and caulking! So close!)
Hubs and I did talk in extensive detail about how we wanted to finish the stairs. I'll say, thinking about ripping up carpet with the possibility that you could make your house look worse is pretty daunting. There may or may not have been many hours spent pinteresting to decide if the two colors of paint was the look we wanted. We finished it off with a runner from Ikea and I am SO pleased with the final product!
(fearless hubs installing the runner)
Ah! I love them so much that I've basically forgotten what the nasty carpet even looked like to begin with. Okay, well, almost. I can tell you that I remember labor intensive vacuuming sessions and dog hair that appeared to be a permanent floor decoration. But now?! Hooray! It's like 1/10th of the time it used to take to get all those hairs sucked up and thrown away.
Also, recent bonus, my son finally understands how to scoot down the stairs by himself and - wait for it - does it without major amounts of prompting! YESSSSS! I'm so glad that we were able to get these finished before he became super stair savvy!