The Evolution of our Stairs and Entry


In the days before blogging, in case you are wondering, I didn’t make it a habit of just taking pictures of my home.

So, when it came to finding “before” pictures of our stairs and entry, well – you will have just take the ones that have cute kids in them.

You see, back in the day, these are the only reasons I would have taken a picture of my stairs – for the first day of dance class or getting all dressed up for a father daughter dance.

I spared you the pictures of me coming down the stair on Christmas morning in my glasses and puffy robe – we are just sticking with the cute kids!

Stairs Before Renovations

So let’s skip ahead to now, where taking pictures of my home is a regular occurrence.


You see, there was nothing wrong with our staircase and railing.  But I had dreams.

Dreams of an old farmhouse with lots of character and details.

And since our life right now (but hopefully someday!) doesn’t fit with living in a location that has an old farmhouse – we tried to bring in as many farmhouse type of details as we could.

And the light oak stairs and curved bottom railings just weren’t going to work.

Jennifer Lanne Painting copy

So we freshened up the paint on the risers, stained the steps to match the floors and replaced the railings and newel post.

Jennifer-Lanne copy

This is one of the decisions we struggled with.

It seemed so wasteful, you know, the idea of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?  But, everyone told us it was cheaper and would be more structurally viable if we replaced the railings.

Front Entry and Stairs from Upstairs

And I must admit, I am really glad we did.  Looking down each morning as I come down the stairs, I feel like I have a glimmer of our someday country farmhouse.

And in case you are wondering, the amazing painting on the landing is by Jennifer Lanne.  Her art, along with many other amazing artists, can be found at Earth Angels Studios.

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16 thoughts on “The Evolution of our Stairs and Entry”


  1. Gorgeous! We just moved into our house last summer. Already I stare at the stairs and can’t wait to take the carpet off! There’s not any pretty wood hiding under the carpet so that project will be awhile.

  2. So pretty! I have been wanting to do something with our sun bleached oak staircase for years. But my husband definitely has the “if it aint broke…” view on replacing things around the house! Maybe I will show him your transformation!

  3. GASP! I love it! I want to do this very thing. We live in a newish farmhouse (We built about ten years ago in a cow pasture.)…and ours are kind of plain. I would love to happen upon a pair of old posts somewhere. I’m still in love with our spindles…I just want new posts and railings too. Thank you for the before and after. It’s fun to have this project tucked away for the future. And for your future dreams….happy farming. 😉 k.

  4. I love the new stairs. I love the whole farmhouse look. I am really drawn to that when I walk through model homes. We have that same light oak in our house now and I would love to change it. hard time convincing my hubby though.

  5. Oh I do love the new stairs!!! I so want to live in a farmhouse like now. I keep telling Al we need a farmhouse as we are dairy farmers:) Sigh…. someday!!
    Love the Jennifer Lanne art!! I have so many of her pieces:)

  6. Your staircase is the one thing that drew me to your blog from the start. I LOVE IT! I believe you were in my brain when you wrote this post because I, too, have always wanted to live in an old farmhouse but my cookie-cutter builder-grade house is what I’ve been blessed with. Now I need to give it character and I have BIG plans to do the same thing to our staircase that you did to yours! I can’t wait for it to be done…..but for now I will. 🙂 So many other things on the list! ha! Love your home and everything you’re doing to it to give it character! Keep sharing please!

  7. Wow! That made a HUGE difference. Much, much classier. Now I want to stain my banisters and treads, but it sounds like a lot of work. Was it really hard?

  8. LOVE your stairs! We recently replaced the spindles and posts on our staircase to give more of a farmhouse feel. I too long for a farmhouse way out in the country, but with where we are in life right now, the suburbs just make more sense! Until then, I will do all I can to make this neighborhood house a farm house! Life to the full! Melissa

  9. Love that painting you have on hte landing and I really like the darker wood!

    It truly feels authentic!

    Have a great weekend rock star!