Revere Pewter in the Dining Room

Chalk it up to a year of apartment living, but I forgot what a difference a can of paint can make in my life. It didn’t come easy, with dark red walls to start off with, but y’all – we officially have our first painted room checked off the list. And it feels SO much more like us! We decided to paint the Dining Room one of our tried and true classics, Revere Pewter.

This is what we were working with on move-in day.

Dining Room with Built in

And this is what we have now! Nothing too Earth shattering, but definitely better with Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter on the walls.

Dining Room After

I wasn’t able to wait very long before the paint brushes came out, and I’m super glad we decided to tackle this room first, since it’s the room you enter right off the bat when coming into the house.

Here is a view of the hall that leads from the Living Room down into the Dining Room/Entry. Still thinking of ways to decorate the walls a bit – I’m thinking some matted family photos may fit the bill.

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

This is how the entry looks now with Revere Pewter up on the walls. I still need to find a big console table to put in the window. I have a lamp I scored on Craigslist that I think will look perfect in this entry – I just need a piece of furniture to put it on! Oh, and we need to paint that door something other than red (charcoal, perhaps?)

Foyer Revere Pewter

And for a before – this was the entry on move-in day.

Entryway landing

This is how everything looks coming down from the steps.

Foyer Revere Pewter Paint

Here is another view where you can see the Revere Pewter paint color a bit better. It’s super soft and soothing and it brightens up the space a ton. I’m in love 😀

Revere Pewter in Dining Room

So anyway, I think that Revere Pewter is definitely staying in my back pocket as a look to love (evidence here and here). Share with me your go to paint colors, y’all, I still got LOTS of rooms to paint 😉

Stairway to Heaven

Ok, you caught me. Our stairway is currently not as dreamy as my post title may depict. No, it’s more like dreamy in draft form. Getting there, but not there.

Inspired by our bedroom wainscoting extravaganza and our trim party in the hall last week, we thought it was high time to take our hall from the pink monstrosity it was, to something slightly more chic.

And by pink, I mean, this.

Removing Wallpaper on Steps

What can I say, I just didn’t love it. 😀 The bad news, even after this improvement the pink is only half gone. The good, we’re working on making it ALL gone this weekend (eee!!) get excited!

Our first step in mission pink-be-gone was adding some chair rail, and painting the bottom section white. Better already, right? WRONG.

Adding Wainscoting to Stairwell

Then we moved on to the trim install. More or less, we knew we wanted to continue the same type of pattern we have in our bedroom. Buutttt, we had a slight wrinkle. See when your working on a downward angle, you’re definitely going to have a differences with how the shape looks.

After sketching it out, we came up with this general shape for our descent down the steps. And that’s when we started to scratch our heads and get confused. We knew what we wanted the shape to look like. We just had no idea on God’s green earth on how to make it. 😀

Adding Wainscoting to Stairwell

And that is when we ran to the store in search of a new tool for our tool box. We made a wise decision, and spent a few bucks on a special angle finding tool.

Money well spent, my friends, money well spent.

Here’s Jay, working on angle #1. After he found the angle, he was able to use his miter saw to trim each piece to the dimensions needed.

Finding Angle for Miter Saw

From there, we just worked away like busy beavers and cut box after box after box. Whew. Jay was busting out this bad boy for the better (worse?) part of a Saturday.

Depending on your stairs – you may also have to problem solve one more little detail. Since our stairwell has one wall that only goes half way down the steps, we knew that we’d need to do some math to figure out how to make the boxes end at the same location and to make sure that the long wall had even spacing all the way down the steps. To do that, we just measured the entire length of each wall (the left and short one on the right) and did some math to determine the spacing and size for each of the boxes.

Basically, we wanted to make sure that the start and end locations on the picture below, matched up, so that the boxes were mirrors of each other as they went down the stairwell.

Wainscoting on Stairwell

This little project has made a HUGE difference in the class factor of our stairway, guys. I pretty much was proclaiming to Jay for a week straight that we now live in a classy house. It official, y’all 😉

Here is the view as you approach the steps from the Living Room. Yes, did you notice with your eagle eye that we still have to add a little triangle to finish off the left side 🙂 We lost our motivation and took a quick breather. 😉

Installing Wainscoting on Stairs

Now that the wainscoting is more or less up, it’s reminded me of other details I want/need/must tackle in this little stairwell of ours.

Ahem. Notice anything? Yes, our stairs are a few shades oranger than our floors. What can I say, I guess we missed the whole step thang when we were slaving away on the floors before move in 😀

I see a weekend project in the future …

Refinishing Steps Darker

While we are at it, I’m thinking we’ll have to stain our banister a nice dark ebony perhaps? Something super chic. Just typing these words makes my heart palpitate with longing.

Refinishing Stair Railing

For now though, I’m relishing in what we do have done. It’s very much improved over move-in day. Here’s another close-up of our stairway all wainscoted out.

Wainscoting on Stairs

And although in my dream of dreams, we have grasscloth wallpaper adorning the top section of our stairwell, For $30 for a gallon of paint, I think we’re leaning toward painting the upper section for now. We can always wallpaper later, but there are so many other projects where we could allocate our hard earned dollars right now, that I just don’t feel like spending the few hundred that the grasscloth would set us back.

The new plan is Revere Pewter, which I’m still pretty darn excited about. I mean, it’s certainly better than the pink – right?!

Wainscoting Styles

And since I know you love em’ as much as I do – here are a few before and after shots for ya.

Move-in day, our steps looked like this:

Foyer Before

And now, they look like this!

Installing Wainscoting on Stairs

Ohhhhhh we’re halfway there. Rockin’ out to Bon Jovi over here 😀