The Ingenious Staircase DIY That Made an Entire 1920s Home Feel Larger

published Mar 22, 2024
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There’s perhaps no Before & After transformation more grand than a staircase redo. A statement-making staircase can set the tone for the whole home. In Sasha Faiz and Andrew Ghose’s home, the staircase was a delightful surprise. 

“The stairs had a wall instead of a proper railing,” Sasha says of the entryway before. “We really wanted to open the space up and take away the wall, so we poked into the wall to see what was behind it. We were pleasantly surprised to find the original railing intact behind the wall!”

If the newspaper hidden inside the wall was any indication, the wall was sealed up in about 2005, and what was underneath was a 1920s beauty. 

Credit: Sasha Faiz

Tearing down the wall made the entire home feel more open.

“We decided to tear the wall down because the stairwell was dark and felt very enclosed,” Sasha says, and opening it up made the entire living room feel more spacious.

Sasha notes that before she and Andrew got going on demo, they checked with an architect and engineer to make sure the home would be structurally sound without the wall. “Once the go-ahead was given, we tore that sucker down!” she says.

Credit: Sasha Faiz

Black paint makes the railing stand out. 

Once the wall was gone, paint helped the staircase pop. She and Andrew selected Benjamin Moore’s Floor and Patio Paint in Satin Finish, and they went with the color Black Jack for the railing and molding. The dark color provides a bold contrast against the white (Benjamin Moore’s White Dove). 

Sasha says the DIY project made one of the biggest differences in the whole house — and she embarked on other endeavors to open the space up and make it feel larger, like exposing the ceiling beams, adding French doors to her home office, and more.

Sasha’s best remodeling advice is rather indicative of this project and many others in her home. “When you walk in a room, ask yourself what you’ll see first,” she says. “Make that first sight line outstandingly beautiful, as it’s the first impression of the space.” For more outstanding first impression entryways, check out these front-entrance makeovers.