Old crate styled stairway via Funky Junk Interiors
I’ve always loved the look of stamped numbers and logos on wooden crates.
So when the PAINT theme came up for So You Think, I had an idea I’d never seen done before. Would it work?!?
Grabbing some crate and label inspiration I had close by, I started drawing up my plan.
Sign equipment used
The drawing programs I use are CorelDraw and Signlab, alongside a vinyl cutting machine (Roland PNC 1000A) built for commercial use. I use this equipment in my vehicle lettering business, which aren’t priced for novice type users. However, stencils anyone can make is all this takes.
And then I got right to work. Yep, right ON the stairs.
And here’s the result.
Come on in and I’ll show you around my old crate staircase!
The stairs were designed to appear to have been made out of old signboards and wooden stamped crates.
Some steps share one logo, looking as if a large sign was cut in half in order to create the steps.
Different ideas for treads were utilized for a fun eclectic look!
The end result is something so fun and outrageous, you can’t help but smile. And a funny story? My two cats think there’s something on the stairs so they wind themselves around each logo as they use them.
The very fuzzy before.
And the very funky eclectic FUN!! after.
A wooden crate staircase is one wild way to enter this house and suits my own personal style to perfection. The more banged up and paint splattered the stairs previously were, the more authentic they appeared! My favorite splatters are from the dog after she ran through a knocked over paint spill.
~ Method used: ~
Sand and vaccum the stairway as is
Latex paint with stencils - the white is leftover ceiling, the rest acrylic craft
Distress the painted stencils.
Stain – oil based I had on hand, went overtop the stencils
Varnish – satin in a spray can for wood
There was simply nothing to lose in trying out this crazy idea. The stairway can always be covered with carpet right on top of the wildness at any time.
Give your own old carpeted stairway some thought on what design may suit your own home!
If you’d like to try or feature these stairs, please link back to this post. Thank-you!
~ Update: ~
An ebook on how I create stencils for making old signs and my distressing secrets is due to be released in 2012. Feel free to follow this blog for info as it becomes available. Thank-you!
Thanks for your votes all! The crate stairs ranked a first place!
Weekly winner of Before and After Contest – Sept 2010
$50 Home Depot gift certificate
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