No Elevator…or…Stair Decor

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Our new apartment is spread out on two floors and my studio is actually located on the second floor. The stairs itself are not that bad – given the fact we used to live on the 6th floor in Hamburg with no elevator but those stairs are pretty step and remind me a bit of Amsterdam.

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I do love this saying ” There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs” and I think it is also a very fitting one to be on our stairs climbing up to my studio. And it makes the very clean and a bit boring stairs more ours. Here are some tips in case you want to try this yourself on your stairs:

1. don’t be scared – keep in mind the worst thing that can happen is that you have to paint white over it again. We will have to paint this when we move out- so what…in the meantime we have something we like as a decor.

2. Use a cosmetic sponge to apply the paint. Less is more – dab on…dab off…so that not too much goes underneath your stencil. I used acrylic paint.

3. It is ok if it doesn’t look perfect – it is hand stenciled!

4. here is how you can do the spacing easily:

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Prepare each word you want to apply – I used the spacing that the stencils provided. I applied a piece of masking tape throughout the whole length of the word on the bottom and on the top.

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Prepare and measure how much spacing you want from the bottom of the stair to the letters – and prepare a cardboard piece or sturdy panel that has that height. I was lucky and the green ruler in the picture was exactly what I needed. Flip the stencil word over and apply the spacer to the bottom masking tape making sure it lines up right to the edge of the letters.

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Put the spacing tool centered onto the bottom of your stair and apply the top masking tap – make sure it is nicely and evenly pressed down. Then you can easily remove the space-helper and press down the bottom masking tape- and voila an even and right spacing :)

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Then apply masking tape to the left and the right of the word- so that everything is nicely and flat attached to the wall. And then you can start. :) The taping work takes the most time for this project- take your time with it.

5. Have fun and enjoy your new stair decoration

Cannot wait to see how our visitors will like it :)

Here are the supplies I used

nSupplies

Have an amazing day
hugs

Nat

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Comments (12)

  • Minna

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    Wau! I would love to do something like this to our home!

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  • muriel

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    I love your stairs; more generally I love decorated or customized stairs. I have stairs in my house and I have been wanting to customize them for…….years! But I know the day will come.

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  • Lura Brown

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    i just love what you did with the stairs cant wait to see the rest of the apt. and studio. please???? xoxo

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  • Laura

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    I love this project.

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  • Amante del Papel

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    I need stairs! jajajja Love this!

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  • Melisa

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    Wow this is such a great idea!!!!! Now I wish I had a stairway in my home lol thank you so much for sharing this idea with us:)

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  • Naomi

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    Just fabulous!! Now I almost wish I had steps in my house.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Very cool and the quote is perfect for on the way up to your studio.

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  • Madeline Rains

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    I absolutely love this. I am going to pin it.

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  • Jennifer Palmer

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    Nat
    You are just brillant

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  • Irma

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    Love your stairway to succes!!!
    Have agreat start in the weekend – Irma

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