I touched on it in the previous post but I think the staircase and landings needs some separate attention as The Husband has spent hours and hours on them in recent weeks.  I mentioned back in August that he was doing all the paneling himself (with some help from his dad) but the detail has been very impressive.

It took him weeks and weeks to measure out and install all the wood work but the end result has definitely been worth it.


He also sanded back all the banisters and prepped all the new ones.  You can see in the picture below the original ones that run up to the top floor and the new ones we had to install on the middle floor when we took down the dividing wall that separated the two flats:

IMG_3975He then installed all the cornicing which was fine on the middle floor but quite scary to watch on the top floor given the five metre drop that there is:

IMG_5206 IMG_5214This is him on the top floor – it looks fine here but the ladder is at full reach…

IMG_5217He created some fancy gadget on his work bench to help measure out all the angles and do the corners/edges:


Then came the painting.  This is on the very top floor and you’ll see we had to take off all the radiators in preparation for the carpets to be installed so it was a chilly few weeks!


This is the view from the top floor and you can just see the bottom staircase:


Just adding on each coat took a good few hours each time:


We were getting so close to the carpet deadline that we had to call on some help!


Once the white base coats were down it was time to start from the top again with the final colour and we have gone for Oxford Stone:


At the same time we also painted all the balustrades and made a start on the varnishing:

IMG_5277This is the end result:


This wall was the biggest challenge given its height!

IMG_5342 IMG_5343

This is again taken from the very top floor looking down:


About katerenovates

Hello and welcome to Kate Renovates - a blog about my attempts at renovation. The Husband and I have now been living in our house for four years and changes are being made slowly. It's an unloved Victorian townhouse that had been converted into two flats. Armed with a little bit of know-how and bags of enthusiasm, we have turned it back into one house and are transforming it into our home. Many of the original features remain but the flats had been rented out and so none of the rooms were in great shape. Luckily, it has a fully functioning kitchen and we recently finished the new bathroom and so things are getting more and more comfortable all the time. We're learning as we go and sharing our ups (and downs) on here as we try (fingers crossed) to bring the house back to life. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my blog or any tips you may have on our house project, so to contact me, please email
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