Everywhere around you can’t help but see fabulous images of newly decorated rooms, restored furniture and freshly painted walls. As beautiful as they are, I can’t help wonder – How do these gorgeous interiors actually hold up over time?
Don’t get me wrong, I love a great before & after or a creative makeover, but some of my favourite posts in Blogland are the ones about how these gorgeous spaces and projects are holding up and what these amazing interiors look like a month/ a year/ an excessive party later.
After all, if you are thinking about painting your floors white, installing expensive bookcases or purchasing a budget kitchen, don’t we all really want to know about how things are working out and holding up in everyday life?
A little over a year ago we shared the results of our epic DIY Edwardian staircase restoration with you.
We were really happy with how the stairs turned out, but after having our project featured on Apartment Therapy, we gained quite a bit of criticism, mainly saying that the staircase wouldn’t look good for long, as it would get a lot of scuffing, get very worn and need constant repainting, etc.
So, if all of you sceptics out there are considering stripping, staining and painting your wooden staircase, but are worried about how it will hold up, here’s how we are getting on with ours.
Yes – of course, we have dust on the treads, but it’s really nothing major. Anyone who has hard floors in their home will know that you occasionally end up with dust bunnies in the corners of the rooms, but they really couldn’t be easier to clean away.
All we occasionally do is wipe the stairs down with a Swiffer. In less than 2 minutes they’re clean again.
Scuffs, Scratches & Chips
None so far! In general don’t wear shoes in the house, so that the stair treads aren’t exposed to a lot of dirt and rough surfaces.
Having said that, when we had the wall between the kitchen and dining room removed we had a lot of builders going up and down the stairs for a few days, with their big and fairly dirty shoes on. They still held up fine. Absolutely no scuffs or chips on the treads and just minimal dirt on the risers which can easily be cleaned away.
No problem at all except for when the builders were in and left a few dirty marks with their boots. Luckily it was easy enough to wipe away and for the more stubborn marks we just used a magic eraser.
Still white, still no chips. All we’ve done so far is give it an occasional wipe with a damp cloth.
All in all we couldn’t be happier with the result and with how the staircase still looks a year later. We definitely have no regrets in choosing the stained and painted finish.
If you followed our staircase restoration process, you’ll know that we were planning on installing a runner up the stairs. Our plans haven’t changed, it’s just taking a bit longer than expected, as we can’t have one installed until we’ve had the staircase to the loft installed.
Do you have varnished and painted stairs? If so, are you happy with them? Do you also wonder what projects look like after some real-life use?