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Help disguise this monstrosity!

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JediStoleMyBike Mon 04-Sep-17 16:21:30

We recently bought a property with the most god awful spiral staircase in the living room. It was supposed to be ripped out and a normal staircase put in but we've been let down by the person who was supppsed to be doing it and due to new quotes won't be able to afford it 🙄

Please someone help me disguise this monstrosity or help me devise a way that doesn't make me want to cry every time I enter this room.

For clarity the doorway is on the wall directly facing the staircase, but in the right hand corner. The staircase is on the left.

LemonBreeland Mon 04-Sep-17 16:25:33

Maybe painting the balustrades a light colour would help it blend in with the walls more. Like this one it is different to yours but blends more with lighter walls

LaurieFairyCake Mon 04-Sep-17 16:28:16

Do nothing until you can afford to replace it. My friend had one in their house and over the years they tried painting it, affixing carpet to the treads, painting the treads, boxing in the staircase (that was the most successful as you could forget it was there) but it was all bollocks til they replaced it.

YorkshireTree Mon 04-Sep-17 16:30:29

Cover it in fairy lights and bunting. Paint the steps a rainbow colour. If it looks mad enough you'll forget how ugly it is.

ArcheryAnnie Mon 04-Sep-17 16:31:44

Paint the metalwork and treads a light colour, and fill in the treads so it doesn't have an open tread.

I think a large slice of its' ugliness is that it looks both spidery and insubstantial. This might help alleviate that!

ASDismynormality Mon 04-Sep-17 16:34:14

I would paint each step a different colour like a rainbow!

MoreThanJustANumber Mon 04-Sep-17 16:36:29

I'd paint it white/cream first though, and then I'd get lots of trailing plants to hang on the outside. You could even get fake ones that are quite convincing if, like me, you kill everything you bring inside!

Whinesalot Mon 04-Sep-17 16:38:52

Plasterboard to create a small hallway. Will give you hidden storage too.

JediStoleMyBike Mon 04-Sep-17 16:45:39

Good suggestions!
If I went with plasterboard I'm worried it would cut off the light, and we'd be able to see all our storage from the top of the stairs wouldn't we? Or am I being thick?
I just can't see myself ever being comfortable with those stairs once our LO learns to walk and I am beyond angry that we can't get rid. Was a deal breaker for me 😢

Whinesalot Mon 04-Sep-17 16:50:43

You could paint them a more contemporary grey?

ArcheryAnnie Mon 04-Sep-17 16:51:59

If you've got a very small child, then definitely fill in the open treads, to stop them disappearing between them halfway up!

JediStoleMyBike Mon 04-Sep-17 16:53:18

The treads are being filled in shortly.

NachoAddict Mon 04-Sep-17 16:54:08

I agree with Whinesalot, plasterboard is the way to go.l

bitemytoenails Mon 04-Sep-17 16:55:20

I like it ! I would put pots on the railings and put hanging plants on it and big plants under it if that makes sense

Purplepicnic Mon 04-Sep-17 16:56:52

Paint them a light colour and string them in soft fairy lights, perhaps some of those funky ones that look like light bulbs or some shaped like stars or flowers. Loads out there.

JediStoleMyBike Mon 04-Sep-17 16:57:38

Thanks bite! You can have it if you can help me devise a way of getting upstairs without 😂

How would I go about plasterboarding it? Sorry, I just can't visualise it!

Bluntness100 Mon 04-Sep-17 16:58:03

I like it too, it's the colour and the treads that are the issue. I'd paint both white. And yes filling in the threads will make a huge difference.

BreakfastAtSquiffanys Mon 04-Sep-17 17:01:52

How much are we talking?
You can buy ready made staircases for £200.
Why waste money doing a botch job, save and do it properly

TyrionLannistersShadow Mon 04-Sep-17 17:01:55

I'd paint it completely white and put fairy lights on it.

Whinesalot Mon 04-Sep-17 17:14:54

You won't see the storage underneath it from the top if the treads have been filled in.
From my limited experience you'd need to create a wooden frame then plaster board around that for the walls. You needn't go to the bother of creating a door frame if you don't want to. I wouldn't think it would take a builder long to create two stud walls.

winglesspegasus Mon 04-Sep-17 17:17:04

lots of large plants

JediStoleMyBike Mon 04-Sep-17 17:17:13

Well over £2.5k and we've got the boiler to replace already and electrics to sort. Our budget just won't stretch. It was a family member who was meant to be doing the work for us so it was going to be that much. More like £1k.

IrritatedUser1960 Mon 04-Sep-17 17:21:03

I'd box it in, that would be quite cheap I'd think.

Ttbb Mon 04-Sep-17 17:33:46

Could you just render the black bits?

NachoAddict Mon 04-Sep-17 18:03:38

I was imagining a new wall so the stairs are in a newly created hallway.

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