Beige carpet and a half wall kept this staircase closed off and out of date. Check out how Kelly and her boyfriend brightened the space on a small budget.
My boyfriend installed the hardwood and used melamine (cheap and easy to clean) for the stair risers. Spindles were on sale for $5 each, and we spaced them out a bit. He also made the newel post and even the newel cap! The newel cap was added by nailing a small block of wood on the top, then adding narrow crown mounding around it on all four sides. Such a cheap way to go. We were also able to sell the light at the top of the stairs and get this Pottery Barn one used on Craigslist. We spent just over $500 on everything.
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(Images: Kelly Charlshe)