Unusual Staircase Project

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

Certainly glad to post only finishing photos as this project had some messy moments. The staircase project was inspired by the tired carpeted look we had for a couple of years. After pulling up the carpet, I had no idea what I'd do for a new look but granted myself unlimited creative license. I certainly had the energy reserve for it!

I hand formed all tiles from portland cement and carved out with a dremel tool. Thank God for Dremel or I'd be finding another hobby real quick! Grout used was a pre-mixed nutmeg colored tile grout. After filling in areas with grout, I carefully pressed the pieces in place. Once dry, I used several layers of semi-gloss sealer to lock it in.

Love my stairway to MOI. Enjoy!

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Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

How long did this take you? Do you think it would perform well as floor exiting a shower? The colors are lovely - like a path in the woods during the fall after a hard rain-- all shimmery browns and golds and oranges. Did you add color to the "tiles" or just the grout?

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Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Incredible! Love it!

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

Howdy yall. I just noticed your replies as I thought I would be alerted via e-mail if someone responded but apparently not.

missingrosie, I think this would work fine existing a shower especially if sealed. I sealed this surface eventhough it's indoors and never gets wet. The tiles I colored with 'Oops' paints I picked up at Home Depot. These are paints that were mistakenly mixed as the wrong color. The tiles I made out of flat sheets of quarter inch cement. The cement abosrbs any color applied to it. I wet the tiles first and dabbed colors on with paper towels to achieve desired colors.

Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

Did you just make a large sq or rec mold and the when cured smash the sheet up? I would think it would "set" better if the backside uniform and the top of the tiles 'whatever' letting the settling and the physics of it take is natural course. Thanks so much for replying. No, no email but it will automatically post in your threads you are watching area. It may actually be in a different color font if it were a thread you started. I can't remember.

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

All I did to create those "tiles" was pour cement onto a board about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Let the cement set for about 20 ins and then cut and outlined, with butter knife, the desired shapes and sizes. Once dry I smooth edges with sandpaper and cut holes out with dremel tool if needed. For some of the round pieces, I used various size cups like a cookie cutter after cement set for about twenty minutes. Anything to help define the finished size and shape helps.

New York, NY(Zone 6b)

Your staircase is beautiful and so is your cat.

Rosamond, CA(Zone 8b)

Oh yes it is lovely and original. I like that combo.

My most recent project was with milk paint, stained cabinets. My husband and kids were not feeling the look but I loved it. So I kept some of it and painted the rest more traditionally. Good grief. I was so dumb, I did not take a pix before I caved in.

Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

I used milk paints too on a project. That powder is deadly! But what a beautiful saturated color I got. I underpainted with red and then 'shaved' the edges so the red popped through (the outside was a yellow/squash color. The red looked great with it - just a hint.

bought the paint in bags like coffee.

now a days -- it comes in cans...

Rosamond, CA(Zone 8b)

Yes I know I have injested quite a bit of it. Hope I'll live. Good grief you can hardly avoid it. Great stuff though. With a deliberate old school look. I like it, there are new cabinet and kitchen uses for it to use it as a modern kitchen with vintage flare.

waukesha, WI(Zone 5a)

Great looking staircase. I didn't know grout would support a cement tile,but whatever works. Nifty looking meezer there too, I'm sure it offered a lot of assistance during the project....

Rosamond, CA(Zone 8b)

Nice floor. lots of work for sure.

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