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11 Inspiring black staircases - ORC Week three

Inspiration for classic black staircases

It's week three of the One Room Challenge!! We made some good progress this week. The main thing I worked on was painting the balusters on the staircase. I painted the banister and newel post black when we first moved in, and I've toyed with the idea of painting the balusters ever since! I finally decided to go for it! So today, I thought it would be fun to look at some black staircase inspiration photos!

Painting our staircase black

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Black staircase inspiration

Black instantly adds a touch of elegance to any staircase and feels so timeless. And accessories can change the entire style of the space. Black is very versatile! Let's look at some examples!

Staircase by Athena Calderone's home on Architectural Digest
Black staircase inspiration

Staircase by Jenni Yolo I Spy DIY
Black staircase inspiration

Staircase by Chris Loves Julia
Black staircase inspiration

Staircase by Katie Kinkaid Farris
Black staircase inspiration

Staircase by Andrew Tyler
Black staircase inspiration

Staircase by Zenia Olivares
Black staircase inspiration

Staircase by Peggy Wang's home on Remodelista
Black staircase inspiration

Staircase by Elise Fox
Black staircase inspiration

Staircase by Elizabeth Dyer
Black staircase inspiration

Staircase by @designbydama
Black staircase inspiration

 Staircase by @ahometomakeyousmile
Black staircase inspiration

So whether you go all black, or a little black, you can't go wrong! 

Living Room Progress

Here's our staircase with painted balusters! Yay! And me! Hiiii!

My four year old helped me take this picture and he was so excited! I look like a tired mom, and this is a very cheesy set up, but hey, we tried! 😁
Painting our staircase black

I shared lots of tips on painting balusters over on Instagram. We're still researching the best products and method for painting the steps.

I bought these beautiful prints from Juniper Print Shop. My husband really wants me to keep these wooden frames because he loves a more rustic look. But now that I have the print in the frame, I'm not sure this is the best combo. What's your vote? Find a different set of prints for above the stairs? Or different frames?
Plant stand with elephant ear

I had to bring my elephant ear in for winter that my sister gifted to me for my birthday this year. I ordered this affordable plant stand, and I think it works perfectly in this corner at the bottom of the stairs. 
Painting our staircase black

I'm going to put a brass sconce above the plant. Can you visualize it??

I also worked on painting the entertainment center. I converted a dresser to an entertainment center several years ago. It was one of our first DIY builds and I would do things very different now, but until I find the perfect piece, I decided to continue using this.

I originally finished it with black paint and cerused wood for a modern farmhouse look. I don't really love that look as much anymore, so I went for a much more traditional color. I chose something from Sherwin's historic collection. I know this color might not fit everyone's taste, but I'm really happy with how it turned out and think it classes up this piece. Those handmade plywood doors feel a little more aged and timeless instead of just a crappy DIY 😉

DIY entertainment center

I also got some exciting shipping notifications this week! I'm happy to say that everything should arrive on time!! Now the only shopping I have left is accessories and a table for behind the sofa. 

This weekend we're hoping to work on the coffee table and end table, paint the trim, and install that sconce!

ORC Task List

Here's what's left on our to do list!
  • Paint the walls
  • Paint the trim
  • Paint the built ins
  • Change hardware on the built ins
  • Paint the stairs
  • Paint the balusters
  • Paint French door
  • Remove surround sound wiring and patch walls
  • Paint the entertainment center
  • Buy new TV and mount it on the wall
  • Change feet on the sofa
  • Paint coffee table
  • Build end table
  • Find and paint desk or cabinet below stairs/behind sofa
  • Purchase seating 
  • Install sconces
  • Layer new rug over old one
  • Art and accessories

Don't forget to check out all of the other One Room Challenge spaces!

Week one | Week two | Week three

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