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This Woman Painted Her Staircase To Look Like Books And OMG It's Amazing

We've got a *case* of stair envy.

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Branham and her family moved into their first permanent home in the UK last year, which meant she finally had a chance to make her mark with a one-of-a-kind home improvement project.

"For the first time ever, I was allowed to really personalize my so I wanted to do something different," Branham told BuzzFeed. She found a picture showing stairs painted to look like books on Pinterest, and set her mind on making it happen. "It was just an image I saw," she added. "There were no tutorials or instructions," so much of it was up to her imagination.

The planning process involved researching the best way to keep the stairs safe, which meant "mixing a small amount of children's play sand in with the paint to stop it from being slippy."

Philippa Branham

After buying emulsion paint tubs and tubes of matte and silk paints — all on sale, no less — she set to work.


Safety was a major concern, but so was price. Initially, the Branhams were going to carpet the stairs, which would have cost them £200. Her project ended up saving them £180.

Philippa Branham

Branham went to a couple of local bargain stores to get the gloss (at £1 a tin), and a ton of masking tape. "My sister-in-law bought me the most expensive part for my birthday, which was the Plasti-Kote clear varnish spray," Branham said. "It was a necessity to seal the stair rises so they are scuff-proof and waterproof."

When it came to choosing which books to include, Branham picked a majority of her favorites, "because I was putting in the hard work."

Philippa Branham

"The particular spines were chosen based on the spines which matched the book I had read at the time I read them, rather than just the book covers which are available now," she explained. "I had read some of them through library services or borrowing from family and friends so I had to track them down to get images of the spines sent to me."

Overall, her magnum opus took about 35 hours over the course of six weeks to complete.

Philippa Branham

She did the whole thing on her own, but said her daughter kept her company and chatted with her while she worked.