Although it felt like a never-ending project, I’m happy to report that my basement stairwell is painted! Before we get into the details, I just want to apologize for the quality of the pictures. This is a tight space, so capturing it was a bit tricky.

Painted Basement Stairwell | Inspired by Charm

While the area has yet to be decorated, the painting is complete and that makes me a happy man. When I introduced this project, I told you I’d chosen a green color for the walls. However, after picking out a new wall sconce and art for the space, I changed my mind and went with a light violet. It’s Elation from Sherwin Williams.

Painted Basement Stairwell | Inspired by Charm

As many of you know, gray has been my color of choice lately. For this small space, though, I wanted something a bit bolder and happier. I think I found it. I also love how clean it makes the space look and feel. Let’s take a look at a before shot.

Basement Stairwell Makeover: The Before | Inspired by Charm

And now after.

Painted Basement Stairwell | Inspired by Charm

I seriously cannot tell you how pleased I am to have this painting project completed. This space has bothered me since I moved into my house. Ultimately, I was waiting to get a new door installed, and after that happened, I was free to make the rest of the space look as good as the new door. It’s amazing what a big difference a small change like this can make.

I probably went a little overboard with the crown molding and shelves, but I’m so glad I did. I think they finish off this area and tie it in with the rest of the house.

Painted Basement Stairwell | Inspired by Charm

Like I mentioned previously, I found a great wall sconce for this space. I also picked up some wall art by an artist I discovered while traveling in Ireland this past summer. I’m also trying to decide what I want to do for rugs. I’m leaning toward a runner. I could leave the stairs as they are, but I think a runner will protect the finish and add a bit of coziness to the space.

Painted Basement Stairwell | Inspired by Charm

Once, I get all of those details finalized, I’ll pop back in with an update on the completed space. Sound good?

What do you think of this little transformation?

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  • Kate Bohache at

    I am not a big “comment-er” on the blogs that I read, but I had to leave one today. I can’t BELIEVE no one else has gushed about how beautifully this space has turned out. I realize it is only a stairwell, but I’ve never wanted to stand in a stairwell so much in my life. It is the perfect mix of warm welcome and cool modern style. (So glad you ditched the green!) Can’t wait to see the finished version.

    While I’m rambling, I also wanted to mention that your blog is always so inspiring. Reading it is one my favorite treats of the day. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  • KC1 at

    WOW! WOW! WOW! I can’t believe that is the same space! It is beautiful! AMAZING!3

  • Jeanette at

    This is simply gorgeous. I am a “grey” girl myself and don’t usually like color but this is subtle, sophisticated, clean and bright. great Job! I cannot wait to see the finished area!

  • Maddy at

    I love the lavender!! That looks so fresh and beautiful.

  • Denise at

    I wish you could come decorate my house! Such a fun color….LOVE IT!!

  • Michelle Mortensen at

    Great job! What a transformation! The color you chose looks very similar to the color I will be using for my daughter’s bedroom makeover. I love it!

  • Holley at

    Wow, it looks beautiful. Love the color!

  • Lauren at

    Beautiful color! It definitely brightens the space without being overwhelming.

  • Stephanie C. at

    This looks awesome! It’s always amazing the huge difference a little bit of paint can make in a space. Great job! I can’t wait to see it with all the finishing touches.

  • Gwen, The Makerista at

    That color is so pretty! Great work…I know all of the nitty gritty stuff can be a pain, but it really paid off here!

  • debi at

    Wow!! So fresh, clean, and bright…..what an awesome transformation. Love, love the violet!!

  • Elle at

    S-o-o-o much better! You chose well. I especially like the ledge that you built.

  • Kali // 204 Park at

    Just so fresh so clean! You definitely put some good elbow grease and love into this project. Love the lilac!!

    xoxo, Kali

  • Ncmiller14 at

    I LOVE the color– fresh & bright! The floor painted gray is awesome,
    I can’t wait to see your new sconce– I love this hallway-
    It’s beautiful , bright, welcoming & modern.

  • Terri at

    I love the color. The floor is great. I’m looking forward to seeing the final touches.

  • Maureen Nussbeck at

    I have a similiar space…..this has given me some inspiration to get moving on it 🙂

  • Kay at

    What a difference paint makes! I can’t wait to see the artwork and lighting. Yes, I agree, a runner would add coziness to the entry way. I’m anxious to see the total improvement . . .

  • Julia D. at

    Oh My! I just love it! It is the perfect choice….. Way to go….

  • Yalanda @ Laugh Anyway at

    Looks great! Very clean and fresh! Can’t wait to see the art you’ve chosen, I love Ireland! It’s such a romantic and cozy country!

  • Bettye@BunnyhillCottage at

    Love the stairwell makeover. I’m looking for a runner for my basement stairs and can’t wait to see what you end up doing!
    Your entire blog is inspiring.

  • Laurie at

    I’m going to get off this IPad and plan my stairway NOW….no more procrastinating! Thanks for such an inspirational post!

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