Before & After: Jennifer’s DIY Staircase Makeover

Jennifer's staircase makeover BEFORET he stairs in my house are a mess. The carpet is old and worn and looks a lot like Jennifer’s did in that “before” photo above. So I’m always on the look-out for some staircase inspiration. After some hard DIY work, here’s how hers looks now…

Jennifer's DIY staircase makeover AFTER

I’m impressed with all the details they added not only to the staircase but to the rooms around it, as well. The crown molding and woodwork give the space more character, and replacing the old tile with hardwood make a big difference, too. This really makes me want to tackle my own sorry stairs. (Thanks, Jennifer!)

Head over to her blog Classic Style Home for all the details about the makeover. While you’re there, be sure to check out the other rooms that got a new look–including her kitchen.

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  1. says

    Oh, the beauty of millwork! You can transform, elevate spaces with them!

    I love all the changes here, including the paint color. :-)

    Have a happy day, Julia!


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  2. says

    Looks great! But I’ve heard that black stair treads are a pain in the rear to keep clean because they attract dust, lint and pet hair!

  3. says

    This is striking, but I also have a lot of questions. Mostly, is it me, or did she add a wall separating the dining room from the living room? Does this result in less sunlight? Really just curious. The colors she choose were lovely, and all the white sets in off.

  4. Alie B says

    Great job on the stairs! What a huge difference visually and so much more practical than carpeting! :-)

  5. Cheryl says

    They definitely added a wall in the dining/living area. In the before pics you can see three clerestory windows just behind the upper newel posts. You only see the far left one in the after pic, and the angle is about the same. I used this color scheme in my powder room and love it! Looks great here too.

  6. Emma says

    This is just fabulous The paint color, the mouldings – love it all. Personally, I like the idea of making rooms a bit more intimate, without that cavernous height that is supposed to give the illusion of more space (but seldom does).

    Beautiful, beautiful job!!

  7. says

    Thank you so much for featuring my stairs! And to answer the above question, yes we added a wall! Two of them actually. We closed in the never used formal living room and turned it into a study. It functions and feels so much better! Thanks for all the lovely comments. :)

  8. Rebekah says

    I actually liked it “Before”. The “After” looks too stark and cold-looking in that black and white color.

  9. Jill Palumbo says

    I love the trim, but the colors are a little stark for me. Just a personal preference though. I do love wood stairs and not carpet!

  10. martha says

    I love this makeover…so well done. I do wonder about the dark stair treads. Someone above mentioned that they show everything and I would think this could be a super problem with kids and animals. We recently took the carpet off our stairs and I was worried about the noise factor……my husband and sons tend to sound like a herd of elephants…but it has not been a problem. Our treads were stained a medium oak.

  11. Terry says

    Regardless of any changes made beyond the staircase, I judge it a winner. It is just stunning. Well done. Really!!