Monday, February 27, 2012

Upstairs Landing

  Up until a few days ago, our upstairs landing had been the most forgotten space in our home.   I have been on a mission to change that and I think I have done what I set out to do.   Take a look.        


Most of the things I used were stashed in my shed from auctions, yard sales and thrift stores with the exception of a few recent purchases, the table being one of them. This is what the table looked like when I bought it.     


I loved its size and knew that it would work perfectly on our landing, but the color wasn’t right.   So I stripped the top and painted the base of the table with ASCP off white. 


I was going to stain the top after I stripped it but decided not to and I’m so glad I didn’t.  I really like the top with the natural wood finish. 

Another recent purchase was the terrarium you see on top and I bought that at Kohl’s.   It was fifty percent off and I think I paid $19.99 for it.  


Inside I placed a wire clay pot holder.  I placed moss covered rocks with tea lights in three of the pots and I placed a faux plant in the other one.    033

How do you like my little lamp?  It was a $5 thrift store purchase!   


I love the patina on this mirror.  I debated whether or not to paint it when I first purchased it months ago at Goodwill.   I’m so glad I didn’t! 


I think I have a thing for little stools because I have so many of them scattered throughout my home.


Maybe that will be my next blog post… many stools/benches I have and where I have placed them.

I’ve made a few changes to the upstairs landing since I last posted about the Curio Cabinet and the Stenciled Closet Door.  You can read about that here and here.


I’ve changed a few of the quilts inside the curio cabinet and placed a little quilted stool beside it.  And I added a little table beside the stenciled closet door with a lamp on top. 


I like this little set-up better because the lamp lights up the stairway at night.


Well now that the upstairs landing is done, I’m in the dining room and I’ve been making some changes in there!  Wait to you see all the silver pieces that I purchased at the Salvation Army the other day. 

As always, thanks for the visit and your sweet comments.  They are always appreciated.    


Linking this post to:

Coastal Charms for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday

Three Mango Seeds for Do It Ya Self

No Minimalist Here for Open House Party

From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday


  1. Oh I love your new landing set up, along with the curio, and the stenciled door. What a showcase of an upstairs landing and hall area! I love the lamp, too!

    You have a thing for stools, mine is old chairs! Gave most of them to my daughter when we shared the antique mall space. There are a few I wish I'd kept. Guess that's as good enough reason as there is to go "a hunting!"


  2. Love it and the table is fabulous. The stool is providing great texture. I have three stools right around our stone fireplace. Joe swears I am going to break a keg on one. I say no I am elevating my legs on them. Sometimes my junk too!

  3. ...that should be break a leg

  4. Gail your landing looks fabulous!! Love the ladder with the throw draped over it and love that table too!

  5. Oh I love the table, especially with the top not painted. Did I hear you say...silver? anxious to see what you found!

  6. Really love your landing Gail. Looks so charming, and really a place I would stop and start asking a lot of questions! Which is a good thing:)

  7. I like what you did and I like the contrast between the glittery lamp and the table!

  8. You do a nice job shopping your own house. When I look around mine I'm amazed at all the junk I don't want!


  9. Gail, if this comes up as a duplicate comment, just delete it. I don't know where my first comment went!

    I love the layout and the table. I have one that is a similar size that I am using in my craft/sewing room. Great terrarium and great price! I was just in Kohl's today but was in the clothes clearance section. I'm sorry I didn't go look in the home decor clearance area now.

  10. Everything looks fabulous! I too love little stools...also benches and wee tables:) Keep the ideas coming!

  11. I love the door. Your landing looks wonderful.

  12. Gail, everything looks so pretty! What a great space!! I love that stenciled door!! You have made everything look wonderful!!

  13. Goodness it looks wonderful and I am so glad I saw this post! When our son was back last week to work on the outside house project it snowed and blew like crazy so I had him texture the stairwell and upstairs hall way landing. I am loving what you did with yours and it gives me much inspiration for mine! Thanks!

    bee blessed

  14. Your landing looks absolutely wonderful! I love it all, the ladder, of course and the sweet table. I love the lamp, both lamps actually and all of the lovely accessories make it interesting and beautiful.
    Hugs, Cindy

  15. I love what you did with the landing -- Gail you have the BEST taste! {HUGS}

  16. Gail it looks fabulous!! I am working on redoing our landing. I want to make new curtains and all so it may be awhile!Ha! Thanx for coming to party lady!

  17. this is my first time to your blog (linked thru no minimalist here) and i'm so glad i did. i love what you did with your landing. loving that stenciled door too. looking forward to following your blog.

  18. There's nothing I don't love on your landing. Your table looks great with the raw wood top, and I'm glad you left the mirror alone because it looks great with the table and other dark accents. Looks great!!
    Mary Alice

  19. Wow, Gail I just found you from Debra's Common Ground comment form and I am so glad I did. what a great eye you have. I love how that table looks now. You did a great job on that. ane your bench is so cute, I would love to see more of them. Oh and the stenciled closet door! What a great idea. I can't believe I stupidly let the contractor take mine away! I could have turned it into something that pretty. Wow.

  20. Wow-this looks gorgeous! I love all of it!
    I am your newest follower :)
    Make it a great day!

  21. Love the little stool under the table. The perfect touch! What a great-looking space you've created.

  22. I love everything that you've used in this area, Gail! From the table, to the stools, to the lamp, to the little conservatory. Wonderful looks all!! hugs, Sue

  23. That table had great bones. The color you chose goes so perfectly well with your decor. I love the entire vignette, and that stenciled door is swoon worthy.

  24. Love your beautiful vignettes. The table is a gorgeous transformation; really like the natural finish on the top.

  25. I really like the natural finished top, great idea not to stain it! The bi fold door is so your upstairs!

  26. The landing & hall is beautiful ~ Love that glassed
    cupboard at the end of the hall, looks wonderful~

  27. I love everything I see in all of these photos. Like the mirror, it fits to my condo in Philippines. :)

  28. Another great area! You certainly have some lovely pieces to work with and they are arranged so nicely. The mirror is very pretty.

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