House Update: Beautifying the Basement Staircase

When we first moved into our house, the stairwell and landing leading to the basement was super drab. The walls were painted a medium beige, the same color as the kitchen. The beige works for now in the kitchen since there are so many windows, but it looked awful in the stairwell. Even with all the lights on, going to the basement felt like you were descending into the cellar. (Ok, it wasn’t that bad, but it definitely needed some TLC). 8 months after moving in, we finally lightened it up with off white paint and added some decor.

Here’s the before:

Boring, right?

And after:

You know I can’t resist a good gallery wall!

We don’t use this side door, so this corner was perfect for a basket (to catch all our miscellaneous things that end up laying around the house!)

The picture on the far left is Karl and his sister Katherine wearing face paint. The pea pod picture is a post card that reads “You are my sweet pea!” Straw sunburst and pink ombre painting are handmade.

I painted my favorite Friday Night Lights quote on a wood slab and framed some fun photos from childhood. The “Meredith” framed picture is from a very special Boden catalog.

This is one of my favorite pictures of my grandpa Albert!

Many hooks for many tote bags!

This little half wall is quite awkward – but made a little more functional with a few vintage photos of my mom as a little girl!

It’s a little hard to see with the glare, but I love these photos of mom and her brother and my grandparents. Such a lovely little family!

Last but not least, I added a picture of my great grandparents and a little vase of flowers for a fun pop of color!

If you couldn’t tell already, my basement has a heritage vibe going – in addition to these old photos, I have two photo ledges of old family photographs on display in the basement. I love these photos so much – it seemed silly to leave them sitting in a photo album!

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