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Asked on Apr 26, 2014

Attic stairs

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I have just finished my attic.I wanted something to tie into mu shabby chic decor for it and do not like the store boughten runners as they are all the same.I used rag rugs.Does anyone think this looks tacky or is it something you would do in your home
q attic stairs, flooring, repurposing upcycling, stairs
179 answers
  • Susan McMillin
    on Apr 28, 2014

    Very nice

  • Catherine Westergaard
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I have a couple of store bought rag rugs, not the best, but I liked the idea. I think your stairs look lovely, and the photos of the attic are beautiful! Looks like a great space to curl up with a good book and some iced tea!

    • Carol
      on Apr 28, 2014

      @Catherine Westergaard Thanks so much and should you ever be in this area you are most welcome to use it as a gettaway

  • P.j. C
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I like it very much!

  • Annamarie Longfellow
    on Apr 28, 2014

    LOVE the attic

  • Gwen Russell Spry
    on Apr 28, 2014

    love the attic, don't care for the runner on the stairs. Just personal taste.

  • Beth Fidalgo
    on Apr 28, 2014

    for going up to the attic I think it is so cute! What a lovely attic! Where in Canada are you? We may take a trip one day! :) Thank you for sharing!

  • Carol
    on Apr 28, 2014

    A little town named Sarnia in Ontario.If you ever do take that trip I would love to show you the whole attic.Too many things to capture in a picture.

  • Peggie Wilson
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I think it looks adorable!

  • Catherine Westergaard
    on Apr 28, 2014

    Thanks Carol! I'll bring my favorite tea cup and architecture books :)

  • Ann Brownlee
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I love your attic. A special place that you can relive days of your childhood :)

  • Karen Third
    on Apr 28, 2014

    Love the idea! I purchased about 15 of these rugs -at 1$ apiece- and used them for a runner to my basement family room a dozen years ago... instant colour... easy to clean and replace ... very family friendly ...

  • Bab331602
    on Apr 28, 2014

    Agreed Carol, I was thinking that also!

  • Melody ten Berge
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I find it quite unique. I love it.

  • Sandra K Gibson
    on Apr 28, 2014

    It's amazing ,during the 60s people recycled old clothes into rag rugs in the uk,I can remember making a rag rug runner for our stairs,,hessian cloth and old cotton dresses,I was so proud of that runner.So yes I love what you have done

  • Val
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I like it! What a great use of rag rugs. I have several in my home and use one as a table runner.

  • Stephanie George
    on Apr 28, 2014

    It's lovely.

  • Debbie Markland
    on Apr 28, 2014

    How did you secure it to your stairs? It's lovely.

  • Carol
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I used a staple gun.They are very inexpensive so easily taken off to wash,The beauty of these rugs is that they never wear out.

  • Donna Beaulieu
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I like it alot

  • Susie Allread-Jones
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I dont like it either, but you say that the rugs never wear out? I need to get some if that is true because I wear out kitchen rugs all the time! My mom used to use these if I recall.

  • GR
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I did think of that (no they don't have a riser) but I wasn't sure whether it would look odd? Also if you cut them to size they start unravelling! I need someone on Hometalk to try it and post the results :)

    • Carol
      on Apr 28, 2014

      @GR I was able to do this without cutting more then one rug.They do indeed unravel When I came to the last step I folded and sewed a piece of material to the back of the rug.I then stapled to the base of the last step and got a nice finished look.

  • Carol
    on Apr 28, 2014

    thanks to all for feedback.Am wondering if anyone has any unique ideas on how to market this attic.It is to pretty to just sit empty,decorating this space has brought me much joy at a time I needed it most.I am a senior and find that alone, reduces my earning power.I am single and buying this home to renovate has helped to fill my time.This home was in a bulldoze state and has become the talk of the street.My friends thought I was crazy to take on such a big job at my age.I have been told my entire life that I should be tapping into my strengths and putting my ideas to use.I am able to see as use for almost everything others would toss.I have done everything in this home on a dime store pocket book.Thoughts anyone?

    • Gwen Russell Spry
      on Apr 28, 2014

      @Carol As I posted earlier, what an awesome guest room for a young or not so young woman, it is private yet as close as the stairway. Everyone have company, and sometimes not so sure where to put them.

  • Jodie Card Nystrom
    on Apr 28, 2014

    VERY nice I love it.

  • GR
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I'm starting to wish I hadn't gone for open stairs now and had kept the risers, not least because I get a lot of dust etc dropping through! I wanted to keep it as open as possible because I live in a 300 year old house and I don't get much light, but to be honest (as the stairs are in the middle of the house) I don't think it makes a lot of difference. I suspect I would have to cut every rug if I was wrapping it around the stair :(

  • Shannon S
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I love this, it's such a happy look. :-)

  • Karen Ray
    on Apr 28, 2014

    This is a very old, very good idea recycled again. I remember from the 50's.

  • DLAK
    on Apr 28, 2014

    If you like the look, that is all that matters.

  • Shelley S
    on Apr 28, 2014

    Ingenious. I love it when people think outside the box.

  • Beverly
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I must like it because I did the same thing 30 years ago with my farmhouse' back stairs. It's true about not wearing out. Mine is still looking great all these years later.

  • Carol
    on Apr 28, 2014

    Good to know.Thanks

  • Linda Skinner
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I like it alot. great look!

  • Sally holway
    on Apr 28, 2014

    Love it! What a great idea and thanks for sharing!

  • Brenda De Lair
    on Apr 28, 2014

    What matters is whether or not YOU like it! It is also hard to take the image out of context. Better judgement could be made if the whole room is seen.

    • Carol
      on Apr 28, 2014

      @Brenda De Lair I wish could show the whole room but it is to long.I did post some pictures on here earlier of other parts of the attic

  • Gwen Russell Spry
    on Apr 28, 2014

    When and if you decide to sell, this is an awesome guest room for a young or younger person. They will feel special, with privacy yet close .

  • Chantelle Joy
    on Apr 28, 2014

    How clever are you! Is it ok if I borrow your idea?

  • Felicity Woodruffe
    on Apr 28, 2014

    have you scotch guarded it to prevent staining as i imagine this will be hard to clean when required/ by the way its truly simply beautiful and you are very clever i have painted my stairs with floor paint and cant find a decent priced runner but have a pound store near by that sells these rugs

    • Carol
      on Apr 28, 2014

      @Felicity Woodruffe no did not scotch guard but good idea thanks

  • Janet S
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I was going to do the same thing for a rug on my front porch, but couldn't really find them the same size.

    • Carol
      on Apr 28, 2014

      @Janet S Janet you are right.You cannot get them the same size.Mine in the picture are not the same size.I believe it is not noticeble because the rags have so many colors.If you look at my response,not one person noticed.Not even you so I would not worry about that.Good luck

  • Karen Reames
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I remember rag rugs on my grand parents stairway...looks like old times to me, great look!

  • Cindy
    on Apr 28, 2014

    Love it!!!

  • Linda V
    on Apr 28, 2014

    Yeah..but pointint out an obvious grammatical error in a public post is not considered 'not nice.' Notice I didn't say anything about that runner? That would've been 'not nice.'

  • Amy Rohde
    on Apr 28, 2014

    That is just precious! Perfect for an attic!! Did you staple it?

  • Kathy Tormaschy
    on Apr 28, 2014

    Love it. Don't change a thing

  • Susan T
    on Apr 28, 2014

    Very cool!

  • Mary
    on Apr 28, 2014

    What a great idea!

  • Carol
    on Apr 28, 2014

    Yes I did staple it

  • JEWRLYMAKER
    on Apr 28, 2014

    THAT LOOKS AWESOME I WOULD DO IT MY SELF GREAT IDEA

  • Judy J
    on Apr 28, 2014

    Love this idea!!! Would be good for basement stairs too. I bought rag rugs,made from blue jeans, from the veterans home in Marshalltown Ia. years ago. The vets make them.They last forever and they save on wear to carpets by the front door.

  • Carol
    on Apr 28, 2014

    those wanting other pictures of attic they are posted on here just scroll up

  • Melissa Faulkner
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I love it! I'm so glad the Grammar Gestapo showed up to police this article. Without their constructive criticism I fear my head might have exploded from reading the "word " boughten. Now I feel I can get on with my day without fearing for my life. Thank you! Actually, maybe you should just get over your smug selves and enjoy the article by celebrating the creativity and design style of the person who posted her pictures.

  • Carol
    on Apr 28, 2014

    happy to be at a point in life that I have no time to sweat the small things.I asked for opinions and got them.Most positive.I think that speaks for itself.everyone is entitled to an opinion.Thanks to all .I am on this site to share ideas and my opinion.Have a wonderful day.

  • Lisa Adler
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I did this at my old house, built in the late 1800's. It worked great and I still love the look!

  • Maryanna K
    on Apr 28, 2014

    Looks terrific! Great idea!!

  • Barbara Wolfe
    on Apr 28, 2014

    TACKY!

  • Barbara Wolfe
    on Apr 28, 2014

    You asked

  • Carol
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I did ask and happy to get your opinion.It is my policy to never ask a question I do not want the answer to.

  • Joyce Carroll
    on Apr 28, 2014

    It reminds me of the rugs my grandmother used to make. I like it.

  • Denise
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I like it it probably was cheaper to use the rag rugs..did you nail them in ???

  • Leah M
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I think its cute, but I don't have stairs. Even if I did have stairs, my cats wouldn't let me have them.

  • Jeani
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I love it!

  • Sheryll Ellery
    on Apr 28, 2014

    How did you attach them, I would like to do this going into my cellar but am worried about a trip hazard, Im a bit of a klutz

    • Carol
      on Apr 28, 2014

      @Sheryll Ellery I stapled but please keep in mind these are not where there is heavy traffic,could be dangerous.I have no children,pets and not many visitors

  • Chris aka monkey
    on Apr 28, 2014

    @Carol i love it makes me jealous i don't have stairs great job xx

  • Peggy D
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I think it is very pretty and cottage-like.

  • Dawn Koch Celmins
    on Apr 28, 2014

    cute but it would depend on the surroundings if it works or not.

  • Mary Anne Frick
    on Apr 28, 2014

    at first I thought is was tacky BUT....thinking the stairs are leading into the attic, it is very appropriate and cute! nice job!

    • Carol
      on Apr 28, 2014

      @Mary Anne Frick Thanks.I agree this is not for every room

  • I think it's fun! In the right home with the right furnishings it's awesome

  • Carol
    on Apr 28, 2014

    thanks

  • Susan Harrier
    on Apr 28, 2014

    I think it's very shabby chic...I love it!

  • Deidrea O
    on Apr 28, 2014

    Love it!

  • Edna Daugherty
    on Apr 29, 2014

    Did you weave it yourself? Is it one continuous piece?

    • Carol
      on Apr 29, 2014

      @Edna Daugherty I did not weave it.This is 6 scatter rag rugs stapled to stairs.Beauty of these rugs is so many colors you cannot tell where they start and colors are no pattern.It appears to be one but just started at top and stapled to bottom.When finished sewed a piece of material to back before cutting to end and staple.These rugs are lovely but will unravel when cut .

  • Sherie Walden
    on Apr 29, 2014

    very pretty, love this.

  • Wanda Meunier
    on Apr 29, 2014

    With these rugs you can also use the lil round rods and pit them in center bottom of steps

  • Debra Whaley
    on Apr 29, 2014

    nice like it

  • Carol
    on Apr 29, 2014

    thanks

  • Carol
    on Apr 29, 2014

    thanks,hers look great

  • Andi Cacciatore
    on Apr 29, 2014

    I think it looks great!

  • Opal
    on Apr 29, 2014

    I like it as well, makes me want to see where it goes.

  • Bev
    on Apr 29, 2014

    attic stairs...like it.

  • Lori Rothermund
    on Apr 29, 2014

    I love it also. Where did you find the rugs at?

  • Brenda De Lair
    on Apr 30, 2014

    Well I think it looks terrific. I may be stealing the idea.

  • Carol
    on May 1, 2014

    I hope you do.Thanks

  • Lisa Morales
    on Jun 4, 2014

    They look good. Now show us your finished attic :)

  • I like it, it is a good look for country living, is what comes naturally for me..I may do this in one of our rental homes..

  • Cindy Greenwell
    on Dec 4, 2014

    I will be added to the stairs going to my quilt shop, have left the stairs unfinished up to this point and now heres my answer ,thanks you so much

  • Cdeedrick
    on Dec 4, 2014

    You can wash them. That's a big deal, because steps get so soiled.

  • Debra
    on Dec 5, 2014

    I agree that in want to see the attic space too, cute idea

  • Gon1234713
    on Feb 10, 2015

    I love it our old dog has a hard time going upstairs they are a little slipper I think this project would be perfect. Thanks

    • Carol
      on Feb 10, 2015

      Glad you like them some have asked to see the attic finished going to try too put pictures on as it is done

      , Stairs to attic, What is at top of stairs as you enter, Wall going up stairs, Once past stairs, Where guests sign book
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  • Becky
    on Mar 7, 2015

    I love your stair treads. How did you attach them to the stairs so they don't slip? Also, I am crazy about your little shelf that displays the doilies. Yours are so similar to the ones I have from my grandmother. In fact, I have one exactly like the one on the right with the pansies around the border. I've always struggled over how to display them and this is perfect. I hope you don't mind if I borrow you idea. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kimberlee parker
    on Mar 7, 2015

    I think it looks fabulous! I would most definitely do this in my home.

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