Back Stairs Reveal

This is our back staircase. Way back in March, 2010, I did a post about the “before” stairs.  Since these steps only lead to the home gym over our garage, I thought it would be fun to do something a little out of the ordinary.  I looked at a lot of different inspirational images, and eventually chose a hybrid.  It took me forever to get this project accomplished, and it’s still technically not done.  Lauren helped me to narrow down my ideas, pick some paint colors and find a skilled painter.  I sourced the bannister by using window hardware from Restoration Hardware and the rope is from my local hardware store.  However, now that I’ve seen the finished project, I know I need to get some sturdier rope, probably from a marine supply store.  Does anyone know of a good source?

 

the “before” shot
the inspiration

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31 Comments

  1. These look absolutely amazing! Like to die for. Great job Sue!

    http://www.sadieandstella.blogspot.com

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  2. I love how you take a picture and then make it your own in your home. Your staircase looks great and now wondering why I didn't think of the rope idea for our railing. We have a very narrow steep staircase and a railing takes up to much space so this is a great choice. Thank you for great inspirational ideas.

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  3. Cara wrote:

    so cute and loving the rope railing 🙂
    Lilac and Grey

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  4. David Toms wrote:

    You again have brilliantly interpretaated a look, howver this time you have done it better than the 'original'

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  5. Shut it! It's amazing! I'm in love!

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  6. Very cute! 🙂

    Jennifer

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  7. You are on a roll!! Love it!!

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  8. Love this idea! It turned out so much better than the inspiration!!

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  9. I actually like yours better Sue, well done, what a great project, looks fantastic!

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  10. Shelley wrote:

    Oh I LOVE!!! I've always wanted numbered treads in our house, they're just so fun 😀

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  11. Love it! How fun! If you go to http://www.ropeinc.com I remember they had a real heavy duty rope, (used it for my nephews boat/sailing inspired room) it was really heavy duty and great looking. Thanks for sharing this great project it will certainly make going to the gym a happy experience, coming AND going!

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  12. dreamday wrote:

    oh,i love it! anything numbered catches my eye! great lighting also, pulls it all together.

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  13. Elena wrote:

    those stairs reminded me that when I was little I always counted the stairs from my house.

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  14. Kathy wrote:

    You definitely put a terrific spin on the inspiration. What a great space! Have you thought of painting your air vent the color of the walls? k

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  15. Kathy wrote:

    p.s………metal chain would look great as well….complimenting the fabulous light fixtures. k

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  16. I Dream Of wrote:

    How clever! I love it – especially the rope. Well done!

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  17. I LOVE this- the rope is amazing and I love the coloured banding…I've been trying to convince my parents to number the stairs at the cottage- I think it's just so charming!

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  18. You are on a ROLL with the fab reveals!!! So fun, love the rope and the numbers. you are amazing!

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  19. I love this! So fun and artistic. Will we get to see the gym? That's so amazing you have one.

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  20. Angela wrote:

    Love it!

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  21. Kathysue wrote:

    Love love it!! I like anything with a number on it and the stairs is a perfect spot for counting!! Kathysue

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  22. Nuit wrote:

    so cool!!! again, it's better than the inspiration!

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  23. Bawled over creative ideas such as this!

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  24. Looks great! I've seen Sarah Richardson do this in a couple of places and I love the numbered stairs. Cute rope too. 🙂

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  25. Sue, what an amazing job you have done!
    I can only imagine how hard it would have been to line up all the numbers.. Mamma Mia!

    Fantastic work – I'm very impressed!

    x Charlotta

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  26. Hi Sue, this is the place to try: http://www.stairropes.com/ They are amazing! Good luck!

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  27. Leigh Hendry wrote:

    You might also consider industrial cable if the rope stretches too much.

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  28. babe. what are you gonna do when you get EVERYTHING in your house done! looks great! donna

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  29. Nuha wrote:

    this is such a cute idea!

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  30. annie wrote:

    I hope these stairs are easily seen from a major part of the house…it would be a shame for visitors not to see them. Love the color and the numbers, the rope hand rail and the light fixture…well I guess I love it all!

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  31. pve design wrote:

    "Throw me a rope!' ….up those stairs.
    I would go to a "Yacht" store if there is such a thing and get a nautical sail rope…I love that chunky knot at the end….
    pve

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