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Projects #1 & #2 – stair wall and handrail & baby gate

farmhouse stairs

Project #1

Our first order of business was to tackle the problem with the stairs. While the open staircase was beautiful, it certainly was not practical for all our little ones running around. Every time we looked at this house before we signed, I was a nervous wreck the whole time the kids were in the house! To make matters worse, my husband had to go out of town for a week right after we moved in! Thankfully, he got part of this project done before he left. 🙂 This one is still technically in-progress. My awesome guy got all the woodwork done and then a few of the steps got broken, so we put off painting until he can replace those since part of this will have to be removed to change the steps out.

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Eventually all of it will be painted white. We decided to go with a slatted wall to not completely close off the stairs.

I’m pretty proud of the handrail on the landing. That’s not a purchased, prefab handrail. My sweetie made it himself. 🙂

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Project #2

I actually posted about this project last year, not long after he finished it.
We chose to put the latch on the inside of the gate to make it more difficult for little ones to open it and to keep from having a big ugly latch on the outside.The hinges allow the door to swing all the way back against the wall when it isn’t needed, and we have a small bench that sits in front of it most of the time now that our three bigger kiddos can all maneuver the stairs.

baby gate

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