Staircase-Turned-Showpiece: Before

Who: Marie Hespen
Where: Saint Charles, Mo.

Walled-up stairs made for an inhospitable foyer.

The Project Tally:
• Demolished the drywall using a handsaw and elbow grease $0
• Built a balustrade using stock stair parts (spindles, a handrail, and a newel) $153
• Painted the spindles with leftover white trim paint; bought black stain for the rail and newel $8
• Stained the stair treads to match the new red-oak floor in the foyer $20
• Replaced the old carpeting with a patterned stair runner $160
• Created a faux-striped-wallpaper effect using leftover paint $0
Total: $341
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