Sunday, July 14, 2013

Garage Glam Stairs || $5 Fabulous!

So as promised I have a quick little tutorial and recap on the new DIY Glam Garage Stairs which are also our very first $5 Fabulous Project!
Last Week I revealed here our new mini mudroom makeover.
And here is close up of the amaze-balls DIY Glam Stairs

Here is a quick before and after shot of the stairs.  I serious love the new Greek Key pattern because the design is so unexpected for a garage! Plus it's pink..gotta love some pink...especially in the garage!  When starting this project I spent way too much time hemming and hawing about what pattern to use but nothing at the craft store spoke to me.  Plus I think Stencils are ridiculously overpriced...am I alone here people?!
  So, instead of spending $10's on mediocre I opted for a custom designed stencil (that's code for I'm cheap and I made one myself). 
DIY Glam Stairs Supplies List and Cost Breakdown:
Blank Stencil Paper (to create your desired design) - $1.99 JoAnn's
Exacto knife = $0 owned
Image/pattern of choice
Stencil Brush = $0 owned  (these run about $2)
Paint of choice for stairs = $0 owned
accent paint (stencil color) $0 owned  (I used leftover paint samples)
Polyurethane High Gloss $0 owned
Total Cost:  $2

DIY Glam Stairs How To:
1) First I painted my stairs the "main colors"  Grey and White.  Then I painted a black runner down the stairs - use frog tape to create a straight line.  All the paint used was left overs (master bedroom, ceiling paint and front door).  Yeah for left overs!

2)  Next I Googled...ahem...Binged for images that I liked, enlarged it in Photoshop,  then cut the design out of the blank stencil sheet using an exacto knife.
3)  I used some frog tape to secure the stencil in place and then used my stencil brush to paint/dab on the pattern.
4)   After the paint dried I applied 2 coats of a polyurethane high gloss finish.  The new glossy look is also one of my favorite parts, kinda reminds me of a fabulous black lacquer finish!!

I anticipate that a lot of people are saying..."geez those stairs look like the'll get really dirty"...but actually the gloss finish makes them super easy to clean!  Plus I'm the kind of person who wants to see the dirt...yeah I'm the freak who enjoys cleaning!

15 comments:

  1. Well done! I have thought about making my own stencil. There are very expensive. I ave been wanting the large birch tree one...$69-75! Ouch!

    By the way, I think you are the first person I have met who seems to enjoy cleaning as much as I do. lol Actually, cleaning can drive me bonkers. I enjoy the challenge of cleaning something, but wish it would have not gotten dirty in the first place.

    Anyway, love those stairs. :)

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    1. Haha we're a couple of clean freaks! Thanks for checking out the stairs!
      -Katie

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  2. Yes stencils are ridiculously priced ( except the ones I get at the dollar store ! )
    And your stairs look amazing - I love greek key anything- it may be my favorite graphic design - and it's sheer perfection on you " runner "
    Great job!
    XOXO

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    1. Oh my I didn't even think to look at the dollar store...I'm so hot on that! I'm so loving Greek keys right now too!
      -katie

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  3. I stopped over via House of Hepworths and your IKEA hack and got distracted by your stairs! You are one creative girl. I just love this idea and have the perfect spot for it! I'm currently working on decorating my daughter's college diggs and will be borrowing your ikea hack as well. Awesome ideas! Hope you'll stop by my blog. I'm your latest follower!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Maryann and I'm so glad you are inspired by the stairs and the Dresser! I'll be stopping by shortly!
      -Katie

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  4. I saw your blog on the Commona-my house blog and just love the idea. What a big difference the garage stairs redo is in appearance. I would love it if you would link up with us at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/07/clever-chicks-blog-hop-45-with-three.html

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and so glad you liked the upgrade! I just linked up! Thanks for letting my know about you party!
      -Katie

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    2. I'm featuring you this week, so please feel free to come on by and grab a "Featured" button!

      Kathy Shea Mormino
      The Chicken Chick
      http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  5. LOVE it Katie- so fun. I need to whip my garage into shape... it is a horrendous mess right now. I think a garage sale will be in order though:)

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    1. You are so funny! We did a garage sale to jump start the project and it was cathartic! Totally worth all the effort!
      -katie

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  6. Wow... so cute! I am super jealous of how CLEAN and organized your garage is..lol.... Maybe I shall tackle some organization of my own this weekend... Thanks for inspiring me.... Found you on That DIY Party.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and so glad you liked it! I really appreciate the cleanliness!
      -Katie

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  7. So so cute and fun, Katie! Thanks for linking up to Give Me the Goods!

    Rachel @ Maison de Pax

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    1. Thanks Rachel! Glad you liked the stairs! I hope to impress again!
      -Katie

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-Katie