Please Help With The Next Step

 

This is our back staircase.

These steps lead only to our home gym over the garage.

I want to do some thing really fun with them.
Last summer, I almost had my painter
stencil roman numerals on each step.
We couldn’t find any nice looking templates.
I decided to hold off.

I am so glad we waited.

For many months now,
I have been collecting images of beautiful painted stairs.

Only now I can’t make up my mind…
which one should we use?

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

6.

Help!

I have narrowed it down to these six images.

Which one is your favorite?

 

images via:  decor8; desiretoinspire; googleimages; houseofturquoise;apartmenttherapy

Leave a Comment

56 Comments

  1. Debra wrote:

    I love the numbers! My steps are painted-one black, one white, one black…etc. Whatever you decide, be sure to show us!

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  2. tarheel wrote:

    the last one. But I'd do it in blue, as blue is my favorite color!!

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  3. I love the numbers!

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  4. I think the numbers are wonderful, and I love the first image. Although, your risers are painted not stained, so your end result will look a little different. The fourth image is wonderful as well but I like the number style of image 1 better 🙂

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  5. now, how are we gonna choose? All good…I'd say 2, 4 and 5, but that doesn't narrow it down too much, does it?

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  6. Staley Mc wrote:

    I love the last one! I also like the numbers too it's hard to pick but I really do love the last one!

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  7. My vote would be a combination of the first and last images!

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  8. Vanessa wrote:

    I love all of these painted/stained "runners." Since your treads are stained and the risers painted, I would just leave as is and stencil on the numbers. You could paint the riser a pretty soft blue like in image 5.

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  9. Emily wrote:

    That last pic is great! Love those stairs! Great post, thanks for stopping by at mine! x LZ

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  10. Dear, they are all gorgeous, but no. 3 would be my favourite.
    Thank you for the J Brand jeggings tip, I'm seriously going to check them out – there might be a jegging for me, too 😉

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  11. Stephanie wrote:

    I like 4 the best, followed by 6. But for 6, I would choose a different color, especially if you are keeping the steps stained. I just think that with little natural light, the color might look darker and a bit "muddy" for lack of a better word.

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  12. paula wrote:

    I am kind of loving the bold. Oh, and I am completely jealous that you have a home gym.

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  13. abigail wrote:

    they are all lovely!
    I like the 3rd one, but it would be difficult to do because you'd have to strip and refinish your risers.
    I love the last one too!

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  14. I love the last one, the pop of color is awesome and so unexpected! And I like 1 & 2, also. They are essentially really similar, only 3! has numbers on it! So if you were unsure about the numbers you could always do #2 and add on later!

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  15. oooh, I love # 6 !

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  16. #4! And you have totally inspired me.. we have to paint out our stairs to the basement.. what a great idea, LOVE the numbers, but didn't even think of it! I could kiss you 🙂 xoxo
    ( and I'm sure my husband wished ours lead to a home gym..not a play room! )

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  17. Naomi wrote:

    I like 1 and 6- which are totally different! That rope hand rail is so cute.

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  18. Love #6. I'm really into orange lately.

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  19. Do the numbers! Either one! I am crazy for the numbered stairs, we don't have any stairs otherwise I would have already done it! Such a cool idea.

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  20. I would go for numbers. And I love white color also;)

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  21. Debby Lee wrote:

    They are all so nice, tough to decide! I was trying to find a picture to email you of my old house..I had stenciled the stairs to the pool with names of our favorite beaches and had an anchor on the last step under the word pool which was like an arrow pointing to the pool. It was really fun. I think my favorites for your stairs would be #1 or #6. Post a picture when they are done, I'd love to see the final result!

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  22. La Dolfina wrote:

    You are so lucky to have this situation. I would love to have this in my home! I love #4 as it would brighten up the stairway. I would also copy the rope handrail as you have a nautical light fixture already! I am so envious. It's going to be amazing and make the trip up those stairs a great motivation to work out 🙂

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  23. They are all great you really can't go wrong with any of them. I really like the numbers though! How fun…good luck with it. Can't wait to see the finished product!

    ~jamilyn

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  24. I love a combination of the two tone stairs and the numbers… use some nice and bright colors… have fun!

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  25. going up to the gym?! i would definitely something bright and energizing — the orange is my favorite!!

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  26. The numbers are fun!

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  27. Hello there! So funny….I am having the same exact dilemna right now!! Seriously, I was just asking Mr. Ticking and Toile, what we should do….I have the same picture (#4) in my post but now that I saw your #5 I think I want that!!! ahhhhhhh! too much inspiration!! 😉 Now if you want to get a little more confused come by & see my post on stairs there's a couple in there you might not have seen yet! http://tickingandtoile.blogspot.com/2009/11/its-all-about-stairs.html

    Oh and thanks so much for coming by & leaving such a nice comment regarding our bedroom makeover! I'm so glad it's done…we are really loving it!

    Good luck on your stair decision…btw, what kind of paint are you using? porch paint?

    love your blog & I'm following!

    Shellagh

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  28. I like 2, 4 and 5. I that doesn't narrow itdown much! Sorry!

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  29. I love color so I vote for 5 or 6. Can't wait to see what you do!!!

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  30. i love no. 6… a bold and wide splash of color! orange wouldn't be my first choice though — how about your favorite shade of blue? i can't wait to see how they turn out!

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  31. I love #1 and #4. What a fun idea! Cannot wait to see what you do.

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  32. #6 would be awesome! i think you should choose something invigorating…something that'll get you pumped before a workout!

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  33. I'm torn between 3 & 5. How fun that you have stairs to paint!!

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  34. Robin wrote:

    Hi there. Thank you for the lovely comments. Yep, the blog is just a nice way to keep clients up to date, etc. Kinda fun. I love yours. You have such wonderful style. Hope you are having a lovely day.

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  35. thanks for dropping by my blog… personally, i like numbers 2/5…i love how the middle color on the stairs matches the room…those two colors seem to be my neutral colors coz i love to either neutralize a room with pale brown, or splash a little color of light blue for accent….either way i am sure it will come out great with your taste…cant wait to see the finished look…enjoy decorating!

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  36. Kristin wrote:

    they're all really great, yes? but my favorites are 4 & 5. For sure. I also posted this photo of painted stairs a few months back. Not to make your life more difficult, but just another idea for your files!
    http://kec-contentedme.blogspot.com/2010/01/design-inspiration-patterned-stairs.html

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  37. the first! great idea, can't wait to see it all finished-lunch next time you are in the city!

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  38. I love #6 and adding #'s to the steps would make it perfect! 🙂

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  39. Kathysue wrote:

    #4 for sure, I always said it I had stairs they would have numbers on them. Love that look! Fun and whimsical!! Can't wait to hear which one you choose. I think I would add a black border to the white center paint to really make it sharp looking, Have Fun!! Kathysue

    Published on 3.30.10 · Reply
  40. ashlina wrote:

    i kinda really like the last 2…..
    i am so excited for you!!!!!

    Published on 3.31.10 · Reply
  41. Love #5 and #6- great inspiration! Can't wait to see pics when you are done 🙂

    Published on 3.31.10 · Reply
  42. What a fun project! I love number 4. Can't wait to see the finished result!

    Published on 3.31.10 · Reply
  43. Kerry wrote:

    I love the numbers and the rope handrail and I also like the colour on the stairs…would it be too over the top to go with it all!! Sorry, I'm not much help I know! Just have fun with it is my advice.

    Published on 3.31.10 · Reply
  44. I love #5!!

    You wear LM sand too?! Isn't it the best? I'm always trying to get people to try it out because I know they'll just love it. 🙂

    Published on 3.31.10 · Reply
  45. I like the last one best. The hall is narrow and dark so a bright color would energize the space and get you in the mood to work out!

    Published on 3.31.10 · Reply
  46. My fav is #1, except I would do a different style of number that has a bit more flourish. I especially like the number idea because these stairs lead to the gym.

    Published on 3.31.10 · Reply
  47. M.A.the2nd wrote:

    I like no. 4 and no. 5 – different styles but equally effective. I love the numbers.. it is fun, casual and perfect if it is the stairway to your gym .. after all that's what you do when you are working out! Count down till it's over! However, if you are feeling like you want a stylish and elegant entrance to your gym … something that will make you think about the gorgeous dinner you will have after the workout then go for no.5! Love the chandelier!

    Published on 3.31.10 · Reply
  48. I LOVE that you have a back staircase! Even if it only leads to the home gym. I'd vote for 2 or 5! But they are all quite lovely!

    Published on 3.31.10 · Reply
  49. Joyce wrote:

    Oh dear just what you need another opinion (smile). You have a list of some great ones. My choice is #4 I like the way it is painted- giving me a feel of a vintage gym for some reason.
    Do you think it would be possible that the numbers would not only stand for how many steps, but how many calories are burned climbing each step?! xo

    Published on 3.31.10 · Reply
  50. Cashon&Co wrote:

    What a super idea! I like #4…..I can't wait to hear the results!

    Published on 3.31.10 · Reply
  51. Belated vote: the last one, number 6!!

    Published on 3.31.10 · Reply
  52. Averill wrote:

    I love the orange, but particularly the stripe that runs just over the top of the baseboard…so bold! (And it'd work with the numbers, too.)

    Published on 3.31.10 · Reply
  53. Flavia Fon wrote:

    Zhush: I've loved that you loved my blog (picnic check-list), so here I am, taking a look at your blog. Talking about stairs, I really like their pictures, once they make me think all the time that life goes on step by step… Cheers!

    Published on 3.31.10 · Reply
  54. Martha wrote:

    Sue: You have your own personal typesetters at your fingertips…just have your brother or dad show you some fonts, print out the roman numerals to size, and either cut it out of a thin piece of plastic to make a stencil or transfer it to the riser and hand paint it. I'm sure you can find material to cut a stencil at Michaels. Roman numerals would be so easy to cut or hand paint because the letterforms are straight lines (except for the part around the serif on some fonts). Be sure to post the end results!!

    Published on 4.1.10 · Reply
  55. The Zhush wrote:

    hmmm, not a bad idea! What say you "personal typestters" up for a little diy or in this case, do it for me?

    Published on 4.1.10 · Reply
  56. I have never seen stairs like these but I really love the look! can't wait to see how you but a Zhush spin on it!

    xoxo

    Published on 4.1.10 · Reply