Monday, September 5, 2016

Grateful Heart

Finally have the stair case board and batten ready to show.  It was fairly easy to do.  I got some ideas on Pinterest.  I went between framing out the walls and board and batten.  We chose the board and batten route with the taller walls.

I also found a company on Etsy that makes vinyl lettering for your walls.  "Begin Each Day With A Grateful Heart" is one of my favorite quotes so I had the letters done up for this long wall at the top of the staircase which you will see later in this post.


Staircase Before

Staircase Before

After.
Staircase with Board and Batten applied.  Terry used inexpensive MDF boards to do this project.  We kind of figured it out as we went along.  You can find several "how to's" on Pinterest.  The board and batten is painted white.  The wall above the board and batten is a light gray.

The board and batten closed in the staircase a little bit but I am ok with that because it has a more finished feel now.


We continued the board and batten around the landing in the upstairs hall.


For the risers I found this paintable border on the clearance at Lowe's for $5 dollars a roll.  It is embossed  and I thought it would give the risers some personality!




It took 3 rolls of border to do the 15 stair risers.  Not bad for $15 dollars.


After we cut each piece we applied wallpaper border paste to the back.  Even though these were prepasted borders we felt the paste would hold up better.





This is the saying I had done up for this wall.  The letters look like they were hand painted onto the wall.  Easy peasy to hang this saying.   


Now every morning when I head down stairs to start my day I am reminded of this beautiful saying.


I had this old window from the old house.   It needed a place to be hung.  Unfortunately I am out of wall space and was excited to find out this chippy window would fit in this space above the stair case.  I hate when pretty chippy things are left in storage!!!!  This was a great place for this window to take up residency.
Tall walls are always hard to figure out what to do with them.  Decor is hard to find to fill in these awkward spaces in a house.  I do love the simplicity of the window to fill in this wall space.  I see my saying each day on my way down stairs.  The wreath brought a little texture to this space too.  I wanted this to be simple and to feel finished.
I am happy with the board and batten to fill in these tall walls and love the  lettering to make the decor feel simple and easy on the staircase.
 There you have it the stairrisers and stair walls got a little make over.  Using MDF boards made this project very inexpensive and easy to do.  Now the walls going up the stairs do not feel as tall and boring.
Before the makeover every trip up and down these steps I could feel the staircase and walls saying  make us pretty and give us some style!!!!
Hope you have a wonderful rest of this week. 
Hugs,
Kris
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85 comments:

  1. Well, you definitely made them pretty and gave them style. I love it all.

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  2. Gorgeous Kris! Love the board and batten and especially the risers. Great job.

    Judy

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  3. It turned out fabulous and it looks like an expensive upgrade, Kris! You both did a great job again.
    xo Julia

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  4. SO AWESOME! Love the wallpaper too and the saying!
    warmly,
    deb

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  5. That looks amazing! Love the wallpaper on the stairs, too. What a sweet look!

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  6. This is so beautiful, Kris! The change is wonderful. I love the staircase wallpaper, wow! Now I want to rip the carpet off of my basement stairs!

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  7. I luv it all. The board and batten, the anaglypta on the risers, the saying on the wall, the window in it's new home!!!
    Just beautiful. 🙂

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  8. Wow, what a difference! I think your staircase walls are saying 'thank you' now.
    Are your walls a light gray tone, Kris?

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  9. love it! I don't think the board and batten closes it in at all. It seemed so unfinished before, once you had refinished the steps and rail. Just curious if you plan to seal the textured paper on the risers at all. I love that type of paper, but have refrained from using in high traffic areas of my home, as I have a somewhat clumsy hubby that constantly gets reminded by me to watch the corners (and honestly the flats) of the wall. I was thinking of using it in our guest bath ceiling as a faux tin. No one ever showers in there so no fear with too much steam. I have heard that using MDF is actually a preferred choice of material for board and batten, as the edges are crisp and paint takes so well for a smooth finish. As always, GREAT JOB and thanx for sharing.

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  10. BTW, have I told you yet, just how much I love your floors now! They compliment all you bright white and fabulous chippiness perfectly!

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  11. O-M-G!!!! What an incredible transformation......it looks amazing! I love the quote you added to the wall and the window is just perfect too!
    ~Des

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  12. I am in awe!

    What a difference the board and batten make. They turn a stock condo into a one of a kind space!

    I love the quote on the wall!

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  13. Oh wow! How lovely! I've never seen batten before. I guess I need to look at pinterest more. Love the wall with the scrolled print. Incredible job!

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  14. Ooh, I love it!!! The board and batten looks wonderful and I am glad you found the perfect spot for your lovely window!

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  15. It came out beautiful. I really love the board and batten. xoxo Su

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  16. It turned out fantastic :) and adds a finished feel. I have the dilemma of decorating tall walls and have never quite figured out what to do with all that space.

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  17. This is so beautiful. The wording is such a good idea and I will now have to source something that is appropriate to me to begin each day. xxx

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  18. Kris,
    OMGosh I am in love! You sure did make it pretty and in the process added a real value add to your house. This may be my favorite change to your darling junk chic cottage 2. You and Terry rock as a team. Oh and the quote? How perfect is that ... Not only placement location but message. Love your use of the wallpaper border, best use ever of a border. Enjoy your Labor Day sweet friend, I am completing a blog post I am about to put up. Amazing what a little cut wood can do. Loving it and you.

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  19. A wonderful addition to your stairwell....it added design without overpowering or closing it in, in fact it feels so much larger with the added detailing to board and batten.
    Keep up the oh my goodness. Change is always good right?

    Xx
    Dore

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  20. I love that quote and was trying to find something appropriate for our bathroom, besides the goofy ones.
    Deb

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  21. Wow! That looks so pretty! I love the board and batten. The saying on the wall above is so sweet. You did a great job putting that all together.

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  22. Kris, and you did exactly as the stairs asked! Really beautiful and I love the saying and window. What good work you and Terry do. So much love has gone into your new cottage and it shows..Happy Monday..Judy

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  23. Oh Kris, what an amazing job you did on that stair case and walls. It is really beautiful and I love the saying.

    Have a great week and yes, I wish we would have know each other then, I traveled to Chicago so many times and stayed there weeks at a time. I am still going to stop in Chicago on my way back from Virginia and maybe over night. As soon as I get this heart problem figured out, I then can make plans. See a cardiologist Dr this week and will know what they are going to do.

    Have a great week and hugs to Cooper.

    Hugs,
    Mary

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  24. This is beautiful. I love it. What a huge difference it makes. It looks completely custom. Great job.

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  25. I FINALLY MADE IT HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What a time for my internet to blow out...it's been out since Friday and won't get serviced until Wednesday. But am I ever glad to see this...

    Kris, you and Terry are amazing. This looks outstanding. Bravo.. These details make it all so DIFFERENT! What a change. LOVE IT!

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  26. You have the best decorating ideas. I had never heard of Board and Batten? It looks wonderful and so does the steps

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  27. That looks just fabulous, Kris! Everything you do just gets better and better, you should be a professional designer!

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  28. It's amazing how different the staircase looks. My favorite is the chippy window - so glad it came out of storage.

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  29. I LOVE the board and batten. It is super gorgeous and perfect for the area. The saying is spot on!!! xo

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  30. Kris, I am blown away at how wonderful this all looks. You did a fine job economizing too. The risers, the board and batten. Great ideas. I love the quote and the way it looks with the wreath and old window. Just beautiful. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  31. Really made a difference..looks so pretty. It gave the staircase a lot of character and the chippy window looks great. I so can't wait to decorate but its now moved 3 weeks out. I can't take it anymore! Ugh! Love yours.

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  32. Kris,
    Love the board and batten in your stairway...it looks outstanding. We did some in our foyer last year and we are lovin' it.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  33. Love it all Kris! I am wanting to do board and batten up our stair case and of course rip the caret off the stairs. I have a long list of projects to keep me busy. What did you all use to work so high up on the wall and the stairs?

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  34. Well...if ANYone can "make us pretty and give us some style", it is YOU.
    This is way past beautiful...it's downright LUSCIOUS...it belongs in a decorating magazine...you should send some of these awesome photos to Romantic Home...I just know they would use them....just fabulous, Kris...

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  35. WOW oh Wow! It is beautiful, all of it! The saying is absolutely wonderful and what a way to start each day with such encouragement.

    Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

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  36. The staircase is gorgeous ♥ Love how it turned out ♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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  37. Wow, wow, wow! I think I say that on almost all your transformative posts, but this one really takes the cake, Kris. You've put style where it was totally absent. All of it looks so good, so tasteful, so much like a well-loved home. Really nice.
    Rita

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  38. Kris*** I love it. Of course you made your stairs gorgeous!!! Love the way the whole thing came out. Love the risers so much. I might actually steal that idea for my house. That chippy window and that beautiful saying, it all is perfect. You really should be an interior designer Kris.
    enjoy this glorious day today, thanks for sharing your fabulous stairs
    deezie

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  39. This looks amazing, Kris! Wow, you are so very talented. Just beautiful!!

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  40. Kris,
    You all took on a big project and you breezed right through it with such a clear cut vision. I enjoyed the explanation of the process and your stair case is truly gorgeous. Your can-do outlook and talent are making your new home a masterpiece! Love every single beautiful detail.
    Wishing you a lovely week,
    xo
    Jemma

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  41. Wow, it just goes to show how a little definition can change something so completely, it looks fantastic, well done and thank you for showing it to us. Very talented indeed, as others have said, such a fantastic idea.

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  42. Your staircase is beyond fabulous! Board and batten was just the ticket to dress up boring, very tall walls. And the embossed wallpaper on the stair risers...brilliant! The graphic is the icing on the cake. Just perfect!

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  43. Kris, this is so gorgeous!! I'm sharing on Facebook. :)

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  44. Huge difference! You came up with the perfect solution. It looks great and the saying adds that special touch. I love it!

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  45. I am always blown away by your style. You are so creative. But I must admit that I am also awed by your partnership with Terry. I'm fairly certain that this loving partnership helps to spark the creativity. I can well understand that your days always 'Begin with a grateful heart". Keep the eye candy coming!

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    1. Thanks sweet Glenda. Terry and I have a special working bond. I create and he makes it happen. Great combo and I am blessed. Have a great week. Thanks for your sweet comment.
      Hugs,
      Kris

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  46. I am so impressed, Kris!!! The board and batten gives it such a custom look and I love how you continued it to the landing. And that wallpaper border is perfect for the risers! I never would have thought of that and I love how it looks! Great job all around!

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  47. I love it all. I'm especially excited about using the wallpaper border on the stair risers. Gonna keep that in mind when we get our carpet pulled off .....someday.... ;-)

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  48. Hi Kris,
    I couldn't wait for your reveal....but this is amazing!!! Love the board and batten and such a genius idea with the border on the stairs!! The phrase you chose is perfection and in a good place as you begin your day! Everything is perfect in your sweet sweet new nest!
    Kathleen

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  49. Once again, you and Terry have created a beautiful area in your new home. I am always thrilled to see the outcome of your projects as I know it will be creative and well done and totally you! Bravo to you both!
    xo, T.

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  50. What color paint did you use? I am starting to fix up an old 2 story house this month. I'm am looking for good whites and grays to use. I love what you did in your new condo. You really put alot of character into a builders grade condo. I love all the things you have done. You are a very talented lady. Sue in Missouri.

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    1. Hi Sue,
      Thanks for your visit. The color paint on the walls throughout my house is called Drifting Snow by Behr. It is basically white with a hint of gray. It is very neutral but goes with just about everything. Hope that helps and hope you come back to see this. You are a no reply blogger so I had not way to email you with an answer to your question.
      Kris

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    2. Thank you so much Kris. This is very helpful. I'm a little overwhelmed when starting to decorate a whole house with paint colors. I like your style and would love to have your talent in decorating. I've been reading your blog for several years now and when you moved into your new condo I was anxious to see what you would do. I love how you made it your own. Thank you for answering my question, now I have a direction to start my projects.
      Sue

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  51. Fantastically Beautiful!!!!! I love it all, you guys did a magnificent job on that stairway. I have one question Kris.....how in the heck did you reach the high areas??? Was Terry on stilts???? lol please tell.

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    1. LOL Teresa. He was on a special ladder that is called a Giant. It actually is a ladder that turns into scafolding. He loves that ladder and it has come in handy in this house with high ceilings.
      Kris

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  52. It looks so lovely! Love the quote and wallpaper border!

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  53. Oh my goodness Kris I can't believe the difference. It is so beautiful and I love the wallpaper on the stairs. You guys did it again. I think you should go into the business you and Terry are so talented. Love it! xx Jo

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  54. Amazing!! You are amazing...I just love it and I can not believe the difference. You guys really should make a TV show!!!
    Love, Carla

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  55. Wow Kris! You never run out of creative ideas! I love the board and batten on the stairway! I had thought of doing that in our old home and think yours turned out so lovely! It gives a real cottage look, which I adore! I also love the textured paper on the stair risers - how ingenious! Looks so custom and gives that extra zing! The printed quote, wreath and window are charming as well! Glad your window was the perfect size for above the stairs! Love it all! Enjoy your gorgeous new nest, my friend! Hugs, Leena

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  56. Kris! Your staircase is so pretty. First of all I love the board and batten. It is so pretty! I love architectural features in homes. Your saying is pretty, and it makes a pretty vignette in your stairwell. What a wonderful way to start your day because we are truly blessed! Your risers are adorable. I think the embossed paper looks great!

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  57. What a beautiful way to decorate your staircase without overwhelming it. I love this idea!

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  58. What a beautiful way to decorate your staircase without overwhelming it. I love this idea!

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  59. Hiiii! I'm back. Everything looks great and very romantic.
    Hugs Alessandra

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  60. Kris, that looks so good. Y'all do great work together!

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  61. Hi Kris, just incredible!! A beautiful staircase and with the words it's perfect. Love it. You two are amazing! xo

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  62. You're just doing wonders to your new home! So beautiful.
    Brenda

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  63. Awesome stairwell!!!!...Great job you two!....and love "your quote" on the wall!....The house is truly coming along so beautifully...you are certainly putting your beautiful stamp on it!!!

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  64. Kris, what a gorgeous look you have achieved! We did board and batten on one wall in my craft room and I love it! Love what you did on the stairs, the quote, and the window. All Perfection!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  65. You never disappoint Kris. It all looks so pretty!

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  66. Oh my! The stairwell looks gorgeous! I love everything you did.

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  67. Wow Kris, I can't believe the difference the board and batten gave your staircase!!! The vinyl message is just perfect too. Adding the paintable wallpaper to the stair risers is brilliant! I don't know but I think you two could start a business adding cottage flair to homes in your area. Just say'n *hint* *hint*

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  68. The wall boards bring so much character to your staircase! A really great idea and wonderful treatment for your stairs. The wonderful quote finishes it off perfectly. So pretty!

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  69. This is just beautiful...adds so much character and architectural interest and I love the stairs, too. Really a wonderful makeover!

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  70. Hi Kris, I love the way you and your husband did the pretty staircase and I love that pretty border! It reminds me of the old tin ceilings. The color of the stairs is nice and the saying is beautiful. You both could open up your own interior decorating business!!
    Have a wonderful weekend and give Cooper a hug from me and Bosco.
    Hugs, Julie xo

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  71. Absolutely beautiful Kris! Love the board and batten, and that saying is perfect. How wonderful that your chippy window fit so perfectly in that spot... just like it was meant to be.

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  72. Girl you have been busy. LOVE board and batten. Fantastic job and the quote is lovely and the letter are so pretty. The window is a great touch as well as the stair risers

    Cindy

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  73. I cannot BELIEVE the difference that made, Kris. WOW- It looks fantastic and you just added a few thousand dollars worth of value to your place if you ever decide to resell. Those kinds of things really add to buyer appeal. Great idea on the steps, too. I have used that border before but never as an application for that. GREAT idea!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend- xo Diana

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  74. WOWZA!~ That looks stunning. What a perfect place for that quote too.

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  75. That is so beautiful and not a detail left out. I love it.

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  76. Your staircase and surround are GORGEOUS!! You really brought that area to life...love, love, love your transformation.
    Mary Alice

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  77. Kris -- I want to do a couple of white on white rooms. Do you have your paint colors listed in a post? Thanks so much.

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