Thursday, February 18, 2016

Roman Risers

Hi everyone! The days are starting to feel a little brighter and the sun seems to be out a little later, which means spring is just around the corner. I don't know about you, but I'm definitely ready for sunshine and warmer weather. 

Lately, I've been wanting to brighten things up a bit and add more color to my home. When we first moved in I was obsessed with grays, and I do still love them, but I'm working on adding some pops of color to brighten and lighten up the vibe in here. 

I keep thinking about something my sister, Christina, said to me that fits with the idea of my introducing more color into my house. When she first started thinking about a color palette for her own house, she said to me, "I don't want it to look like Candy Land in here." I keep remembering that lately and laughing to myself because I think I kind of do want it to look like Candy Land in my house! Just a well-thought-out, slightly more restrained Candy Land.

Anyway, one of the DIY projects I've been thinking about is numbering my stairwell. I keep seeing numbered stair risers everywhere and I really love the look. Anytime I have an opportunity to add a little personality to our space, I usually like to take it. 

Here are a few that caught my eye.
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While I love the look of both of these numbered staircases, I knew I wanted to do something a little bit different in my own house. I wanted some type of graphic symbol like the numbers, but I also wanted it to tie in with the decor in my space. This clock, which you've seen in  previous posts, gave me just the inspiration I needed. 

I decided to add roman numerals to the stair risers in my home. I loved this idea because the clock created a frame of reference to tie the space together. The stairs run opposite the wall where this clock hangs. 

I got to work creating a stencil. I just happened to have a stencil sheet at home from an earlier project. I traced the roman numerals on my clock with a Sharpie...

and cut them out with an X-Acto knife.

Because there are only seven risers in my stairwell I only needed numerals "V" and "I" to create I through VII.

Next was a quick refresher coat of the Benjamin Moore Castleton Mist paint that I had already used to paint the risers for a pop of color in my grey hallway. This is also a nice juxtaposition with the roman numerals since it's the same color as the wall where the clock hangs.

I have to be honest and say that my husband, Brian, actually painted the risers for me while I was out, which was a nice surprise and moved this project on a little bit faster. 

Speaking of my husband, he was a bit skeptical of this project, but let me do it anyway (wink). He wasn't totally sold on the idea, but has probably become accustomed to constant projects and changes being made around here and just let it go. And he knows how persistent I can be once I have an idea in my head. 

My original thought was to use black paint, as you see the roman numerals on the clock. Brian didn't love that idea, so as a compromise I decided to use Benjamin Moore Waterbury Green. I used this color on our front door and love it. In the off chance that I didn't like the look of the roman numerals on the risers, I was open to just painting them over in Waterbury Green. 

Now it was time to apply the stencil. I wanted the numerals to have an antiqued, handmade look, like the style of the clock, so wasn't overly concerned with perfect lines and let the paint bleed a little. 

Here is the final result and I really love it!

I'm glad that we made the compromise on the color choice. I think the greens look really fresh together and definitely satisfy my craving for spring color. 

The other nice thing about having roman numerals on the stairwell is that it creates a little teaching moment for the kids. The other day my nieces were over and asked, "what's that on your stairs." So we talked about roman numerals and how they work. Looks great and is educational, I'd say it's a win!

More candy colors coming soon... happy (almost) spring! 


  1. I love how it turned out!! I'm such a fan of color so bring on the Candyland house! haha.

    1. Ha!! Oh I will... Thanks!! 😉

    2. Ha!! Oh I will... Thanks!! 😉