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