Pippa Branham is a young brilliant mother who is really good at painting. She made use of her artistic skill and painted her stairs to look like replicas of her family’s favourite books.
She came up with this idea when they shifted to their first permanent home in Suffolk, United Kingdom, which has some sort of ‘unsafe’ stairs especially if you have youngsters and kids around. She first thought of buying carpet for stairs, however, it was hard to cover as it was around £200.
As she had two children, 4 years old Abigail and a son who is 17, she told ABC News, “I set out to do something to the stairs because we couldn’t afford carpet.”
So, when she was looking for another way to solve this problem for cheaper, she was hooked by a DIY picture which turned into an inspiration on Pinterest. Hence, she planned to paint the stairs to resemble the cover of her family’s favourite books which was a very difficult task because they had only 13 stairs which meant top 13 favourite books. As per Pippa, it was not easy at all.
The 13 stairs include J. R. R. Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’, Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, Raymond E. Feist’s ‘Faerie Tale’, C.S. Lewis ‘The Space Trilogy’, James Herbert’s ‘The Magic Cottage’, George R.R. Martin’s “A Game of Thrones, and many more…
The primary goal was to make stairs safe for kids and therefore she purchased children’s play sand to mix with the paint in order to get a serrated result, and paid just £20 which was the only money she spent for all this amazing work.
In addition to all this, designing your own home by means of your own artwork is very gratifying as well.
Pippa also wants to motivate her kids, especially her daughter Abigail, who will start school sometime soon, to be readers, and also teach their children to ask questions and be curious. She explained:
“Because books are a dying breed. We’re so into technology that she probably won’t read books… Until she’s much older anyway. The staircase is a nice way to keep her in touch with the magic you feel when you read a book.”
Besides, her job has inspired several other people, amazed her family and has got her huge attention after she posted her incredible work on her Facebook page.
While admitting that she took 39 hours to paint, she said:
“I had to break it up because we could only do every other stair [at a time.] Otherwise, we’d mess it up.”