Here are the humble beginnings.
Hey, be kind, you would look like this too after 100 years of people stepping on you.
I actually got goosebumps when my husband pulled off the old 1970's paneling to reveal the original handcrafted paneling. We also discovered the arched doorway to the right of the stairs that had been covered up for decades.
Check out the orb just above the railing. I was pretty convinced that we had released the spirit of a former resident when I first saw this picture. It honestly kept me up for a few nights until my photographer friend promised that a dust particle can give this effect.
We were fortunate to find
(guy on the right, ha,ha) to do most of the restoration. I love what this guy can do to an old house . I have followed him around to some of his other projects and they are amazing. I just may have become a bit of a Cody groopie.
The pictures tell the story.....
Each of the spindles had to be stripped of a bigillion (that's more than a million) layers of old paint and sanded. That was my job. There are 42 of them and I feel I have a personal relationship with each one. It took me about two months.
Notice how the handrail is all one piece and was bent into a
curve somehow, someway? We were careful not to mess with it.
That could never be replaced.
Check out the decorative corner pieces? Cody duplicated the original broken pieces by hand. They are a perfect match.
All of the stair treads were completely worn out and had to be replaced. So what do you do when your bedroom is upstairs and the stairs are gone? You take a ladder to a second story window and jump in.
The newel post was rewired for the new light.