Stairs/Entryway Makeover & Addition Update

6 Jan

Now that the makeover of our stairs and entryway is complete, it’s time to show some before and afters.

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It looked like this when we moved in:

12 Oaks Before 156

And now:

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The new front door has been in and the stair treads have been stained and painted for a while, but most recently we:

  • Ripped out the front hall closet
  • Removed the slate tile and installed and stained new hardwood floors
  • Installed and stained a new chunky newel post, railing and balustrades
  • Skim-coated the walls to remove a weird texture
  • Opened up the doorway to den/office and installed french doors
  • Re-worked a bunch of electrical
  • Painted the walls Sherwin Williams’ Analytical Gray to match the rest of the first floor

Another before:


Look at those old floors:

12 Oaks Before 210

Here’s a progress shot after we stained the stairs and painted:

IMG_2996And now:


The chunky new newel post makes a world of difference. We stained it and the railing DuraSeal’s Spice Brown to match the floors.IMG_4201

The french doors also make a huge difference.

Here’s a progress shot:


And now:IMG_4183

The walls are now all a nice, smooth coat. They looked like this before:


Here’s a before from the top of the stairs.

12 Oaks Before 218And now:


Now to share the latest on the addition. The new powder room has drywall, tile underlayment, electrical/HVAC/plumbing, a door, and a working toilet and sink.

IMG_4191Next up will be tile (we already purchased some from Lowes), and mudding and priming the walls.

The laundry room is also taking shape.

IMG_4193Next to the washer will eventually be our dog, Doc’s bed so he can stay in here while we are gone and doesn’t get on the furniture or eat anything. His dog door is closed in this picture because it is currently -12 degrees outside (-40 with windchill), a record-breaking low!

Moving to the upstairs addition, the master bathroom is framed out, insulated and has electrical/plumbing/HVAC. Now ready for drywall.

IMG_4197Check out this gigantic icicle outside that window. It goes from the roof and almost touches the ground.


Here’s a look at where the shower will be. It will have a seat and a half wall as you can see.


And lastly the walk-in master closet. A double rod for hanging clothes will go on the right, shoes on the back wall and probably hooks on the left.

IMG_4198Our plan up here is to drywall, mud and prime and then leave it for a while and finish later in the year.

Stay warm, people!

8 Responses to “Stairs/Entryway Makeover & Addition Update”

  1. Ashley Hamrick February 5, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    Love this makeover and absolutely in love with the flooring color. The dark fits perfectly for your home! I’m your newest follower, awesome if you could follow back.

  2. Jeff Brant April 16, 2015 at 5:39 am #

    Really your stairs and entrance is looking beautiful now. The wooden flooring has done all the magic.

    Loft Doors

  3. Lisa @ Shine Your Light April 21, 2015 at 8:35 am #

    Your floors and newell post are beautiful!! We are having our floors done over and I love the color of yours – thanks for sharing them. I will try this stain!!

  4. Lindsay July 29, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    Hi there!!
    I have been trying to find the name of the paint color in this post. I LOVE it!! I’m so blown away by your house!


    • 12oaksblog July 29, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

      Thank you! My first floor paint color is Analytical Gray.


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