This basement staircase we’ve been building looks a bit zen from the top of the stairs – a calm and sophisticated coastal white with a navy stripe going down each edge. My last post detailed how I reclaimed old fir stair treads. We installed six drawers at the bottom for storing outdoor gear and shoes.
Because this job may well be our last chance to see inside the skeleton of our house, I decided we needed to place a time capsule in the cavity under the stairs before I covered it. It’s a time capsule that has no “to be opened date.” Rather, I hope it might be discovered in about 100 years, when future owners will be renovating or (God forbid) demolishing the house. Inside the plastic time capsule (in case water somehow gets into the space) I’ve placed the front section of a current newspaper and some flyers from local stores so the treasure-hunter can see how much food and other stuff costs, and what sort of current mass technology is on offer.
I would adore discovering such pieces of history during a renovation. I could have just included a memory stick with all the information on it, but I doubt the technology could decipher it in 100 years.
Back to the stairs themselves:
Used some old bakelite drawer pulls from D’s parents’ house – another reminder in our home of loved ones we have lost.
At the location where the water main enters the house, a tiny faucet on the tree trunk marks the spot. There’s a nest with eggs. A little bit of whimsy, but mostly what I hope will be an uplifting scene for all those who will climb these stairs! And, if we ever get tired of Gail’s birch forest, we can paint it all over!
I was so excited to do this project – much more fun than stripping.
(Treads, I mean.)
What would you put into a time capsule?
Sharing my excitement with these fun link parties:
Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday, Funky Junk Interiors’ Saturday Nite Special, A Little Knick Knack’s EBTKS, Rose Chintz Cottage, My Romantic Home’s Show & Tell Friday, The Shabby Nest’s Frugal Friday (FEATURED!), Rooted in Thyme’s Simple & Sweet Fridays, Maiden D’Shade, Fox Hollow Cottage’s Power of Pinterest (FEATURED!), The Self-Sufficient HomeAcre’s Blog Hop, Mockingbird Hill Cottage’s A Favorite Thing, Twigg Studios’ Showcase Sunday, Little Red House’s Mosaic Monday, Creating My Way to Success’s A Round Tuit, Stylish Once Again’s Restyled Sundays (FEATURED!), Boogieboard Cottage’s Masterpiece Monday (FEATURED!), Under the Table and Dreaming’s Sunday Showcase Party, Mod Vintage Monday, Cozy Little House’s Tweak-It-Tuesday (FEATURED!), Creative Cain Cabin’s Budget Decorating Party, Savvy Southern Style‘s Wow Us Wednesday, Timewashed’s Blissful Whites, Coastal Charm’s Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, Elizabeth & Co, DIY by Design’s Winter Blues Wednesday, Green Eggs and Goats (FEATURED!), The Brambleberry Cottage’s Time Travel Thursday