$100 Room Challenge: A Stairway Update

You’re probably thinking what on earth is she up to now?!

It’s a new year and I’m ready for a new challenge! My friend Erin from Lemons, Lavender & Laundry hosts this challenge where she (and any bloggers who wants to join in!) make over a room on a $100 budget. She’s invited me to join a few times and as much as I love a good room makeover, committing to one can be a little scary. This time around, I knew I had to join and I’m very excited about it!

And this challenge with a budget is exactly what I need. I love the added challenge of staying within budget and I think we can do it!

If you want to read how Erin started this challenge you can read all about it here.

The ‘room’ we’re taking on is technically not an actual room but nevertheless, it’s a space that needs completed. Before we get into the details though, let me take you on a walk down memory lane and tell you why I chose this space

I shared a little bit about this back in this post, but just in case you missed it, in August of 2016 while we were gone on holidays we had major water damage in our home. Our neighbor saw water running out of our garage, called my parents, who then found our home in a water soaked mess. Our entire home had to be packed up, we had to move out for 4 months and extensive renos took place.

During that time, the One Room Challenge took place and since I had redone our Master Bedroom Makeover, our Laundry Room Makeover and our Bathroom Makeover we could certainly tackle another one, right? So crazy me, decided to do our stairway. Now let me explain a bit more. During that time, our home was in a complete state of construction. Flooring was being laid, the house was being painted, we were kitchen-less and so on. Plus, we weren’t even living there at the time. Not the best time for a stairway makeover. But stubborn ole me sometimes just thinks she knows better. 😉

So when week 6 of the One Room Challenge rolled around and it was time for the big reveal, I admitted defeat.

I didn’t finish and it’s remained unfinished up until now. Enough is enough and now it’s time to tackle it again. And I’m determined to finish it this time!

Here’s the view of our staircase from our living room. You also see this from the entry of our home. The stairs used to be carpet but we had vinyl flooring installed when we had the water damage. The spindles and posts are probably the thing I want to change the most.I want to hang a gallery wall on this wall going down the stairs. Not a huge one with many different pieces but more like a few nice big frames.

It’s always good to have a to-do list so I’m putting mine in print. Here it is:

  • Paint 4 doors at the top of the stairs (3 bedroom doors and 1 bathroom door)
  • Fill all holes and then paint all door and floor trim
  • Add molding to built in shelves
  • Add picture gallery wall
  • Redo spindles and posts at bottom of staircase

Not too bad, right? Our doors and trim are all new but need paint. We’ve lived in here for a year now with no doorknobs (except for the bathroom) so it’s time to get them painted and knobs installed.

Make sure you check out all the other participants! Can hardly wait to see what everyone does for this challenge!



  1. Jessica says:

    Ok, I LOVE your wainscoting! So jealous. Also, you mentioned in your post that you had vinyl floors installed after the water damage. Do you have vinyl “hardwood” floors everywhere? If so, how do you like them? My husband and I are trying to decide on budget friendly flooring.

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