This is our back staircase. Way back in March, 2010, I did a post about the "before" stairs.  Since these steps only lead to the home gym over our garage, I thought it would be fun to do something a little out of the ordinary.  I looked at a lot of different inspirational images, and eventually chose a hybrid.  It took me forever to get this project accomplished, and it's still technically not done.  Lauren helped me to narrow down my ideas, pick some paint colors and find a skilled painter.  I sourced the bannister by using window hardware from Restoration Hardware and the rope is from my local hardware store.  However, now that I've seen the finished project, I know I need to get some sturdier rope, probably from a marine supply store.  Does anyone know of a good source?

the "before" shot
the inspiration


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