Sunday, December 5, 2010

Stairway to the ... art, I guess


Ever since we removed all the carpet from the room over my studio, putting down flooring and converting the space to a gallery, we and the occasional customer have tramped up the mis-matched and oddly-built plywood stairs that came with the house when we bought it. Most of the treads were a standard height above each other, but many were canted at slightly odd angles and the bottom step was only about four inches high. Weird.
Mike Race, carpenter and friend, thought we couldn't invite the public to risk their life and limb by walking up one flight, so last week he spent parts of three days completely rebuilding the stairs. Which are now level and evenly spaced and quite lovely. All they need is a coat of paint.
And just in time, with our holiday open studio Dec. 18-19. That room upstairs is where the other artists display their work.
Thank you, Mike.

8 comments:

ang said...

ooh nice...hope your open house is a brilliant one this year!! love those stair pots..

cookingwithgas said...

There will be some items worth heaven up there- those stairs look great!
Hope all your sales are good ones!

Anna said...

Isn't great how the Holidays get us motivated to fix all those littel problems? Hope the Open House is a hit!

Dan Finnegan said...

Stairs are tricky, they look good. Are you sure you want to paint them?

Hollis Engley said...

Thanks for the good wishes, everyone. Still making pots for the open studio firing. I don't know whether we want to leave them unpainted, Daniel. They look good in the photo, but right now they're just raw plywood. I wonder how that would wear ...

Ron said...

Stairs look great. We just had our old stairway and stair well re modeled over the summer. It's so nice now. And we have a handrail finally!! Good luck at your open house. I'm thinking I may have some grits in my Hollis bowl this morning.

cindy shake said...

How wonderful! They look nice -carpet is so tricky to keep clean and with ALL OF THE TRAFFIC you will soon be having ;o) wood might be easier -you could stain them and finish with a matt verithane... wishing you loads of traffic (each with wads of cash in their pockets to leave behind) up those new stairs!

yolande clark said...

Wow. So beautiful. Have a wonderful season!