I can’t tell you how happy I am that we FINALLY have pretty farmhouse staircase to walk on every day. For so long we were walking on dirty carpeted stairs because we didn’t want to spend a ton of money on giving them a makeover right now. Well, y’all… we maybe spent $20 on this stair makeover & now they are looking so fresh & clean… & more like White Cottage Farm.
Here is our farmhouse staircase before:
& now after a little makeover:
To get this look it took more elbow grease than anything. We removed the carpet from the steps which felt the absolute best. After that we learned that the steps were not hardwood steps and were just composite wood so we painted the steps with leftover paint we had from our upstairs and downstairs floors which is Behr porch & floor paint in the color tapestry beige by Benjamin Moore. Before sealing the floors we stenciled numbers on each step using some number stencils from the craft store, black craft paint, & a beauty blender to stamp the numbers. After the numbers were stenciled, we sealed the floors with floor poly that we picked up at Home Depot. All done & with some leftover paint it was almost a free project! The wood on the stairs is very imperfect and dented up since it’s soft composit wood and not hard wood but that’s exactly how we like it as it brings that historic vibe that we love so much like our painted pine floor in other parts of our house.
Now the question you all have been asking us for weeks… what do your stair numbers mean? That’s a great question! So instead of doing “1,2,3,4,…” we started with the number 222. Why you ask? Well, it’s not that deep, but for some weird reason the number 223 has always followed us around everywhere we have gone. It was Jose’s squadron number while he was in the military & after that it’s the time we see on the clock when we randomly check the time, it’s on license plates, hotel rooms, flight numbers, it’s on receipts, it’s everywhere! We’ve embraced it & at least once a day we look at each other when we see the number and no words even need to be said. When we were talking about numbering the stairs the number 223 seemed like a logical number to start with because we wanted our stairs to be unique. So, there is the long and short of that. I love how our stairs turned out and the character it adds to this moment in our home. I hope this shows you that it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to make a big difference in your home… sometimes the little things make the biggest changes. Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today & every single day to see what we are up to! xx
Alana P says
Why did you skip 224? Looks lovely.
I just read “why we numbered our stairs” !!! So, I always see 222! My dad was born on 2-22-22! He is in heaven now but I always see 222 on clocks etc.,,I get it!!!?
Looks beautiful…I love the picture of looking from upstairs down…so pretty 🙂
Amanda R says
So it goes 223…234…225 and so on? Did you, on purpose, swap 224 for 234?
I like your story… but am I missing something?? I don’t see 222… but I do see 234 twice! Curious!
I’m curious, too!
Love this story Liz. My number is 444. I see it EVERYwhere.
Trish Kachel says
Love Love! My number is 1148!
Meredith Hudson says
My number is 333. Love everything you do!
Wondering as well?
Love the stairs. Just beautiful!
Lorri Duren says
Oh my gosh! The number 222 has always been a number for me! Ever since I can remember, it would pop up, I’d wake up in the middle of the night 2:22, over and over! My husbands birthday is 2/22!!! God was telling me all along He had a plan for me! I’m so glad He didn’t give up on me! So 222 and 223 are our special numbers! XOXO
The stairs look awesome!!! Love the no’s on them.. like your story behind the numbers.
I love this!! My number is 1221 and 1222. We are a family of 4 and all of our birthdays have (2) 2’s together. Then my grandbaby came along and her bithday too!! Clocks are are seened at 12:21. Hotel rooms, while I’m shopping, bus numbers, my number is everywhere! Its so cool!
My number is 717. I see it Every. Where. All. The. Time.
It’s my birthday, but I see it on clocks, license plates, homes, catalog numbers, everywhere. Thanks for explaining the numbers for us.
Eneida Nieves says
Same for me! 222 is my number…so crazy that Liz has posted about it! I have a sign in my house that says “Room 222”.
Eneida Nieves says
Hi Liz! Stairs are absolutely perfect! Just a question…you said in the second line of your paragraph that you started with the number 222…but then towards the end of the paragraph you say you started with 223…I’m thinking it’s just a typo, but ever so curious to know which number you did actually start with? 🙂 hugs!
katerina stepovikov says
hmmm….How about you post a pic in a few months time…..I hope you have a housemaid !!!
Lina Kermani says
I love your posts. But the stairs look a little empty. We are manufacturers of natural sisal and seagrass carpet stair treads and I believe that’s exactly what you need to use here for a sophisticated organic rustic look. Please contact us, thank you! Lina at NaturalAreaRugs
The stairs look GREAT!!! They look both sophisticated and rustic!!!
Lina Kermani says
Hi Cristel, thank you for your input. I agree with your comments but I think they will look lovely and complete with sisal stairs. Thank, Lina
Lina, We’ll just have to agree to disagree. : )
“Liz”, LOVE your stairs as is. : )
Renee l Shultz says
Renee l Shultz says
What kind of numbers did you use? Where did you purchase them? Size you used? How did you apply them ??? I’m going to try it on my stairs! Hope mine come out even?
How can those numbers be any more perfect for your fantastic farmhouse?! So adorable. Just like you two.
I have an old farmhouse, a mini 570 foot farmhouse with a very small narrow staircase to the loft. Three years ago I painted my steps and numbered them one through nine. I have seen tons of numbered steps on Pinterest. Cute idea and nice job on the steps but way more slippery for the pup.