Happy Halloween // A Month of Nesting Round Up

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Happy Halloween from the Treasures & Travels studio! We are so excited to see all of your costumes today, If you try out our Ice Cream Cone or Cotton Candy Costumes make sure that you post a photo hashtagging #tandtonme 

We had a fun month sharing a handful of A Month of Nesting posts with you, below is a round up of the 6 posts to help enhance your home for the season. 

1. 3 practical ways to organize your bathroom
2. How to change up the lighting in your home 
3. DIY for making a throw cushion from a tote bag
4. DIY for getting rid of your carpet staircase
5. 3 ways to decorate your empty fireplace
6. Our studio gets a cozy fall makeover 

To end the month of right we are giving away the Villager Lamp featured in our Fall Studio Makeover post from Kenroy Home! We love this lamp, it's sleek and it the prefect addition to our cozy corner. Details below on how to enter the giveaway. 

A Month of Nesting // DIY Hardwood Stairs

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My husband and I moved into our house 3 years ago, an old house, but all new flooring. Then 6 months later we decided to get a puppy. Long story short, the carpet was far from new within the first year. The stairs come right up from our back door so they were full of dirt, dog hair, pine needles, and who knows what else. We dreamt for a while of not having those dirty, stinky stairs greet us when we first stepped inside. After a couple years, one afternoon we had had enough and just started ripping up the carpet and went from there. It ended up being a fairly simple Saturday project for me and my husband and by the end of the day we had a brand new wood staircase.

Materials

  • 2 X 12 Wood Boards
  • Stain
  • Beadboard Wall Panels
  • White Paint
  • Dark Screws
  • Skill Saw -or- Table Saw 
  • Finishing Nails
  • Drill
  • Nail gun -or- hammer

Step 1: Measure the width of your steps and cut all of your 2 X 12 wood boards to the proper length. 
Step 2: Stain the wood boards once they are cut, because they will take a while to dry. After we stained ours we let them dry for about an hour and then scrubbed them with a damp rag, to remove any excess stain so that the wood grain showed through the stain. 
Step 3: Measure the width + height of the front of each step and cut the beadboard panels to fit. 
Step 4: Paint a coat of white paint on the cut beadboard panels. 
Step 5: Once your wood boards are dry, screw them down on top of each step with a screw in each corner. 
Step 6: Nail each of the beadboard panels onto the front of each step and finish with a final coat of white paint. 

*When we removed the carpet and nail strips off our stairs we realized that the stairs already had a pretty thick step already so instead of trying to fix this, we decided to embrace it and just paint it pink.