After pulling up and purging that staircase carpet, I stared at a bare nail infested
staircase waiting to be beautiful...
Certainly glad to post only finishing photos as this project had some messy moments. It's now a real treat enroute to the entertainment room or bedroom.
After pulling up the carpet, I had no idea what I'd do for a new look but granted myself unlimited creative license. Certainly had the energy reserve for it!
I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved out with a dremel tool. Thank God for Dremel or I'd be finding another hobby real quick! I simply pour half-inch thick layers of cement on boards, allow drying for thirty minutes and carving out the basic shape or design. Once fully dry, I further carve and detail the pieces with a dremel tool.
For steps, backer or cement board applied to face of each step before applying mortar for tile and grout. I used a pre-mixed nutmeg colored tile grout. After securing tile with mortar, huge amounts of mortar filled in tile surrounding surfaces. Once dry, I used several layers of semi-gloss sealer to lock it in and bring out the colors.
The staircase wall was covered with a thin layer of mortar to create a rough surface. Two more very thin layers applied with finishing detail. No tools were successfully used in creating this effect other than my bare hands. Yes, it came down to just using my hands. The gloves also had to go, as they would not hold up very long before tearing. Once the icicle effect was completed, I hot glued the glass beads and finished the wall with several layers of sealer.
The connecting kitchen bar was done like the stair steps. However, I combined wood and hand formed cement tiles on the face of the bar. The bar top is stepping stone and glass tile. I've used the same techniques into the kitchen and onto the fireplace.
Now I'll take a week break before completing finishing touches. Hopefully these photos will provide a glimpse of my desperately needed change. Enjoy!
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3 Months Challenging
Commented on Jul 13, 2012
I think it's nice, but I would of put the artwork above the stair rail!
This is a great time of year to take your houseplants outside for a bath. Insect and mite populations can sometimes build unnoticed, but not to worry. Take houseplants outside and gently hose them off. This will not only wash away harmful pests, but will remove dust from the leaf surfaces and leave plant pores cleaner and able to breathe easier.
If you don't want to hose them off, put an old cotton sock on each hand, dampen, then slide the leaves
between your palms.
Do not use anything else (mayonnaise, plant shine products, etc). They do more harm than good.
Commented on Jul 13, 2012
Mine aren't going outside because of the stinkbug population we have in NJ..I Have already
seen a few of them on there when I water them! I have alot of plants and are thinking of getting rid of them because of the stinkbugs but they were mostly my Dad's plants and he passed away in 2010 and I don't have the heart to throw them away! I love plants myself and have a sunporch and somehow they manage to attract those disgusting bugs! I will stick to the shower!
I have a Crepe Mrytle tree and we had a big storm yrs ago and it split and became a bush..I
did turn it back into a tree by cutting off branches a few yrs back..Does anyone know how to stop the sucklings from coming up from the ground? I keep on cutting them off to no aveil..It wants to be a bush! ty for any help! Also Crepe Mrtle bushes are so easy to root..Just take a low branch and dig a hole and bury part of the branch and cover it with a brick...You will have it rooted in no time!
We removed our pool earlier this year and I saw the perfect opportunity for a new garden bed. We used the old pool enclosure for fencing and added a garden gate that we painted white. It is way more fun maintaining a garden than maintaining a pool that was rarely being used!!
Commented on May 29, 2012
Very Nice!!! When we took down our pool, we leveled it off and made it into a patio...Planted
Heading back from some work in Wyoming, my client wanted to take me out for a bite at a Restaurant in Fort Collins. They were going to continue on down to Denver for a night at the symphony. After we ate at this neat Brazilian Grill. I took the back roads home along the edge of foothills, rather than zipping down the less attractive stretch of I-25.
I happened along this place....I have to say it is probably the biggest home I have ever seen.
Commented on May 06, 2012
The people that live there can possibly be in some sort of cult...They all live together and
their houses are usually huge,,Just a thought! The house is ugly to me! And so is the property!