Our front door is broken (it only opens from the inside). We have no rail (but our boys learned early not to walk on the rail-free side!) Still have to paint, paint, and paint some more. So what is there to do besides dream about the possibilities?
Fine, twist my rubber arm, here goes.
This is what it looked like with the previous owners' stuff in it. Cream wall-to-wall carpeting, stenciling, navy blue paint and trim.
So as a temporary solution, we painted a bunch of stuff and
replaced the carpets with a taupe berber.
We definitely couldn't leave well enough alone!
So we ripped everything up to put in hardwood...and it kind of looks like this now.
But that's reality! And I said I was going to dream about possibilities, like these! Enjoy!