As you can imagine, we scrambled to do SOMETHING, ANYTHING, to fix the entry so that it would be half-way presentable when people came over. A family member came to the rescue and gave us new doors for the closet. The problem was, they didn't exactly fit so Jason had to cut them and re-install hardware to get them to fit right.
There was a lot more to do than just change out the doors. Jason removed the wall going up the stairs and installed a banister and spindles. He also installed a marble floor in the entry. He removed all the paneling and sheetrocked the whole room. Then, he got on a trim kick and installed shadow-box trim in the whole room and up the stairs too (more on that in a future post).
After ripping out the carpeting, we refinished the stairs, but the bottom stair color didn't match the rest of the stairs. So NONE of the wood matched - the doors, the stairs, the handrail.
Finally, I decided I wanted to paint the stairs, railing and closet black. After Jason stained everything black, I decided I wanted the door black too. That's what took us a little longer to reveal it all to you. I will say that this was a bit controversial among my blog readers, friends and family! I never knew how opinionated everyone was about other people's home improvements! I was so happy to get everyone's opinions, and, in the end, we decided to move forward with the black.
I hope you like it as much as we do! (insert big drum roll here) . . . .
Now we just have to figure out what we're going to hang on the wall going up the stairs. I was debating on stenciling numbers on the stair risers, but have decided to hold off on that. Thoughts?
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