Sunday, February 15, 2009

Meta Monday Staircase & Foyer Dramatic Facelift & Blue Monday ~ Cottage of Contentment

Welcome to Blue Monday with Smiling Sally...
Thanks Sally for hosting a very popular theme every Monday!
Please be sure to slide by Sally's to see every one's Blue Monday shares...
I fell in love with this Blue/White "Cottage of Contentment" plate that I picked up recently at Emma's Attic Consignment Shop in Flowery Branch, GA. She was only $5. I collect Blue/White dishes, but what really drew me to her was the verse. If you stop by Emma's, say hello to Abbie for me. Abbie is the owner and she's fabulous to work with!
This is what markings are on the back of the ironstone plate.
Moving on....to a fabulous Meta Monday project!
Thanks to Susan from "Between Naps On The Porch" for hosting this FUN event!
Be sure to slip by Susan's when you're done to see more fun makeover posts!
If you follow my blog, you'll remember the fabulous TableScape at my sister Becky's house...well, Sheila from Note Songs asked if we could see more of Becky's house, ;)
So, I thought I'd oblige! ;) Thanks for the suggestion Sweet Sheila! ;)
Since I helped my sister (some) on the makeover of her staircase, I thought
sure...we can do this as a Meta Monday share!
Before Pic... carpeting on steps, wood stained banister, wood balusters
More Before Pics...
More Before Pics...my sister decided after seeing a picture with black steps and white risers and black wrought iron balusters and a banister painted black, she wanted to do the same for her foyer entryway and staircase.
After much sweat and tears on my Sister Becky's part...and a little sweat from me,
"Voila"...
Add in some other black items:
My sister & I went shopping to purchase some other black items to pull in the look she wanted. Isn't the mirror cool? We purchased that very reasonable, $40, at The Queen of Hearts antique shop in Buford, GA. Then we took some things she already had and re purposed them to this space.
With this makeover,
it totally transformed Becky's foyer and it
looks even better than the picture she modeled it after.
THANKS Becky for allowing me to use your foyer as this Meta Monday post! ;)
Stop back by for Wordless Wednesday & Outdoor Wednesday!
~CC Catherine

54 comments:

marty39 said...

Wow, the change in the staircase is just stunning. It's takes a lot of vision to imagine the difference and then to carry it through. All the black accessories are also just perfect. So beautifully done. Your Cottage of Contentment is just precious. Such a lovely piece. Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs, Marty

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

WOW!!! I love your gorgeous blue plate.. what a treasure..
Your sisters transformation is absolutely gorgeous..I love all the iron and wood..The mirror is a treasure, what a steal. great post my friend..hugs ~lynne~

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful makeover. Great for Met Monday! Beautiful home.

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

I love your little blue plate. What a great find!
And wow, wow, wow! Please tell your sis job well done! Oh my that is one fab re-do. I would have been scared to death to paint the black but it sooo worked! Great job!

janet said...

wow, looks like a completely different staircase, so rich and elegant! so much work but end results are worth it.
thanks for sharing
janet

santamaker said...

This was done to perfection. What an upgrade!

Susan said...

Happy Blue Monday... love the plate...

but the staircase....what a dramatic change!

Susan

Cass said...

Wow! What a dramatic makeover, like turning a farm girl into a showgirl! Gorgeous.

And that plate is so sweet. The Cottage of Content. We should all live there!

Cass

Blondie's Journal said...

Catherine,

I love your plate as I do all blue & white. You have sooo many shops around you in Georgia. I'd be out scouting all the time.

Job well done on the staircase. Notice how any people are afraid of black? The opposite of white, which is so loved!! Hard to vision but always beautiful. You guys did good!!

xoxo
Jane

Shelia said...

Hi Catherine! Oh, I'm so flattered you would listen to me and show us more of Becky's home. The transformation of the staircase and stairs in outstanding! How lovely! Now your Blue Monday plate is wonderful - it's Staffordshire! I love it! I collect the doggies!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Raggedy Girl said...

What an amazing difference and for the best too! Your plate is wonderful, especially the little verse.

Roberta Anne

Melissa Miller said...

What a precious Blue plate. I do love the verse as well.

You sisters staircase is my dream. What a beautiful transfomation.
It's gorgeous!

Kathy said...

It looks like a lot of work, but it was worth the effort - a fabulous foyer and staircase. Amazing what a difference paint can make, isn't it? Your blue plate is beautiful, Catherine. I love the verse too.

Have a perfect week...Kathy

Miss Janice said...

That is one beautiful transformation...love the black--it's all so classic!

pcb said...

Stunning. Love the black. Thanks for sharing.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Wow, Cathrine, that's what I call a major transformation! Know you all must be proud of all of that hard work! Amazing! :-)

XO,

Sheila

Karen said...

Awesome job on the staircase! That would've taken me about 5 seconds to fall in love with the idea, and maybe . . . a little while longer to actually decide to do. Boy did it turn out wonderfully!!!!
I love blue and white. I think love the red transfer and pink transfer too. And I love a set of dishes that I have that are blue and yellow.Ok Ok I love dishes!!!!
(I chickened out on entering my little box. It seemed so insignificant when I looked at what everyone else was posting.) I guess I can always do it later.
Thanks for the post! karen

xinex said...

Beautiful blue plate and the staircase transformation of your sister's is fabulous! The whole thing, all the accessories and furniture are so pretty...Christine

Olive Rue said...

OMG. I can't believe the transformation on the steps. It looks so much better.

claudie said...

Ok now I know a little bit more about you Miss CC
blue/white huh!... very pretty dish indeed.
I thought I was looking at your staircase
WOW lucky SIL to have you around at the right time.
Come home safe OK?
Love Ya
Claudie
xoxo

Lisa (aka) French said...

That is how I want my staircase to look!! it's truly spectacular! I can't thank you enough for your kind words they have truly meant so much to me....your kindness goes beyond words...Hugs French;) xoxox

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

That black paint went a long way in that entry! It gave it such an elegant look. And I adore that blue and white cottage plate.
laurie

Lady Katherine said...

The staircase is great! I would have been scared too paint it. I love the chair.! Thanks for all your lovely notes you left for me. I have grands in the morning. So I best go to bed soon! I love the plate, and the price! Wow, a great find!

Cynthia said...

CC,
I really love that little blue plate, all the cool stuff seems to be down south. I told my hubby we need to head south this summer because that's where all the good shopping/antiques are! Your sister's staircase left me speechless, please tell her how stunning it is and what a job that must have been. thanks for sharing, Cindy

mbkatc230 said...

The plate was a great find, I love the verse! And the staircase reno is just beautiful. Love the look you achieved here, very elegant. Lots of hard work, but what a payoff. Kathy

kymber said...

Hi Catherine,
Such a beautiful plate! I see that I need to check out a few places here in Georgia that I have missed out on. Maybe it's a good thing - looks like I could do some damage in these places :-)

I love the changes made to the staircase!! So beautiful! I long to do the same thing to mine - one day I will get up the courage to attempt it.
Thanks for sharing - great post!
Blessing,
Kymber

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Catherine...this looks wonderful! I saw something similar once in Southern Living and it definitely is a WOW here! What a wonderful before and after...I know you sister is loving the results of all her hard work! Thanks for sharing this stunning renovation...I love it! Susan

Terri and Bob said...

That is totally too awesome. I have a short little bannister, but I think it would make a dramatic statement in my living room!

Smilingsal said...

I love that little plate; I clicked on it so that I could read the verse. How sweet is that? Your makeover is dramatic. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

JudyBug said...

What a change! Love it! I also adore the blue plates. I've never collected blue plates and you sure are tempting me.

TRES BELLE said...

That is just amazing!! What a transformation. It looks so grand. Why it could be in a movie set...Gone With The Wind...Your sister did a wonderful job.


Kris

Happy To Be said...

WOW!! a double hitter today and its all great!! Your sister home is a beauty...thanks for sharing this...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Happy To Be said...

WOW!! a double hitter today and its all great!! Your sister home is a beauty...thanks for sharing this...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

ellen b said...

Hello CC! Oh I do love your little blue plate!
The staircase, oh my oh my, what an absolutely fabulous transformation. Just gorgeous. What a great vision you had.

Fifi Flowers said...

VERY nice! LOVE the staircase transformation!

Sweetie said...

The blue plate is a real treasure. I really like the staircase transformation. Happy Blue Monday.
Sweetie

Kim Chalfant said...

Fabulous!!!

Bo said...

Oh that sweet plate with the verse was a steal...wouldn't "Cottage of Contentment" be a wonderful name for a blog...and what a dramatic staircase your sister has now...it is a bold decision to paint something black, but what wonderful rewards it brings... so very pretty! ;-) Bo

KATHERINELLEN said...

Catherine,
I LOVE it! That's beautiful! That's a lots of hard work you both done....it paid it off....I love it!

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Oh CC! Your sister's foyer is gorgeous. I was trying to convince my hubby to let me replace my spindles with wrought iron too! But I never thought of painting my railing black! Great, great inspiration! Thanks for sharing and thanks to your sis too! You wouldn't want to come back over to NC and help a new friend?? LOL! See ya soon - Smiles, Alisa

CC said...

What a find your plate was..it's lovely. And the re-do of your sisters staicase..is just beautiful You two should have a business doing makeovers. Have a happy Blue Monday..and a most wonderful week.
The other CC..:)

kahlanne said...

Now see I would be so scared to paint it black but it looks so great! Stunning!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

The new staircase is a true wow factor. I thought the before staircase was beautiful and I would have been very happy with that. It takes someone with a lot of vision to make something nice into WOW. Great job.

Linda said...

Wow, what a great redo, I love the black. That is alot of work, changing the spindles and all, wow!
I like, I know I am liking black more and more in more places.
Linda Q

kiakai / Kelly said...

I've considered painting my stairs black too. Do you mind telling me how it looks with the wood floors in real life. I love the look in the picture! I removed the carpet, and did a wood faux finish, on the stairs of our old house. Now I don't like the wood on the stairs in our new house. So I have to do something again. This makeover is amazing!
Kelly

Candy said...

The railing redo is so you and soooo beautiful...gorgeous. I thought of you today while visiting somewhere? and they had several French children's books and the little girl's name was Catherine.
If you are interested in viewing I can find my path back.
Always a pleasure visiting, Candy

Becky said...

I love it when my sissy, CC, wants to showcase a little bit of my home. She also likes to come play house with me which I sooooooooooo love because she is great at it and I'm just okay. The staircase was a big undertaking. I got so many outrageous estimates and decided to be frugal and do it myself to save the money. My hubby didn't like the fact that it took me about 5 months but hey, it's done and yes, I love it also. Thank you for all your wonderful comments. It brightened my day.

Have a wonderful MetaMonday!

♥ Kathy said...

What a beautiful blue plate. The saying makes it perfect ♥ and I love the way the staircase turned out! Hope you have a good night :)

Lisa said...

The plate is lovely. I am impressed with the staircase transformation. It looks absolutely gorgeous.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

nice blue plate and your staircase transformation is awesome!.. good job! have a great week!

Tamara Jansen said...

that's just FANTASTIC! what a change color can make :)

Deb said...

I love the black and white! I have my sewing room done in black and white.

Kathleen Ellis said...

AWESOME transformation! how did you get the spindles changed out? I'd love to do something similar on my stairway...hmmmm!
xo

Happy To Be said...

Hey girl thanks for coming by and seeing where I "play and Pay" May you have great weekend my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria