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Maxis Modular Stairs Recolored, Part the Second

by iCad Posted 5th Oct 2010 at 2:58 AM - Updated 4th Oct 2010 at 7:41 PM by iCad
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This is a Maxis Recolour which means that it is a recolour of an item that already exists in your game. Please check the Expansion pack requirements to see which game pack it recolours.

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So. I recolored 5 Maxis wood floors in a uniform palette of 20 colors, and they're available here. I tend to use wood floors extensively inside Sim houses, but I also use them outside to make decks and porches. Decks and porches need modular stairs (but they can be used indoors, too, of course). But Maxis's choices of modular stairs...Well, heck, they don't even match THEIR OWN wood floors, much less my recolors.

But thankfully, two far-more-awesome-than-me people have made a selection of the Maxis modular stairs recolorable. So, I recolored my little heart out. And now I offer the results for download, each stair in the same 20-color palette that I created for the floors. That way, they do the whole matchy-match thing that makes me a very happy little obsessive person. I'm uploading each stair I've recolored separately, mainly because a lot of pics are involved here and putting all of the stairs I recolored into one large download got a little...Well, large. There will also be matching fences and a good selection of various columns coming along shortly, so that you can build complete, matching decks/porches. What a concept!

So, Stair #2 of the ones I've recolored is the Flight of Fancy (or "Storybook") Stairs, which HugeLunatic made recolorable by working magic that overrides Maxis's code. So, you don't need scripts to make these recolors work, but you WILL need HugeLunatic's override for this stair, which is included in the set here . You will also need the Open For Business EP, since these stairs came with that EP.

Now, I have a confession to make: I always hated these stairs, and I resented their TRIPLICATE presence in the Build Catalog. Seriously. What the heck would you use those stairs for unless you were building a Barbie Dream House or some pastel Victorian gingerbread monstrosity? (Apologies to those who like pastel Victorian gingerbread monstrosities, but me and that architectural style just do not play well together at all.)

But you know what? Once I recolored these stairs (which I initially did only out of morbid curiosity), they actually look...pretty nice! Once the horrifying pastel aspect is removed, the style actually looks nice when used in an "upscale rustic" sort of setting, like a vacation mountain cabin. AND I discovered that they're nicely shiny, too, which doesn't show as much on the pastel colors but really does on these mostly-darker wood colors. This gives them a nicely-aged/varnished sort of patina. Because of this, they don't say "deck" to me, so I use this stair now mostly indoors. And because of THAT, IMO, they don't go well with the more "outdoorsy" floors that I recolored, style-wise, although they do of course match them color-wise. They DO like nice, I think, with the "Walk the Plank" flooring, which has a touch of shine to it, so that's the floor I've used in the sample pics below, to show the color match.

Here be the pics, all 20 colors:





If you've never used this kind of recolorable stair before, be aware that they don't work like "normal" recolors. You place a run of the regular lavender Flight of Fancy stairs (The other two colors aren't overridden to be recolorable) first, put up railings if you want them, and then afterwards you use the design tool to select and recolor each step with its attached rail individually. Unfortunately, the recolor names aren't labeled and you might not be able to tell easily which color is which just by looking at the little thumbnails. But with a little trial and error, it really isn't too hard to figure out which stair goes with which floor.

The packages within the rar file are all compressed to be as kind to your Downloads folder as possible. The files are also clearly named so that you can easily discard the colors you don't like or won't use.

I hope that you might find these useful!

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Lab Assistant
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#2 Old 5th Oct 2010 at 1:57 PM
Thank you so much! I have been waiting for this and you've done it. Since I can't give you real cookies I'm sending you some vertual ones. *cookies* YAY! Thanks again!
Lab Assistant
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#3 Old 5th Oct 2010 at 10:37 PM
Oh! I like this! I've been waiting for wood recolours of these stairs. Any chance you're doing more of the modular stairs?
Undead Molten Llama
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#4 Old 5th Oct 2010 at 11:57 PM
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Originally Posted by powerpuff44
Oh! I like this! I've been waiting for wood recolours of these stairs. Any chance you're doing more of the modular stairs?


I have recolored four stairs, the Deck Stairs, the Storybook ones here, the Chic Stairs, and the Euro Stairs. The first three are up on MTS now, and I'll be uploading the Euro Stairs today so they'll be along whenever they get through the moderation queue. I'd recolor more...but I don't know how to make them recolorable, so I can only do those that other people have done the hard work on. I suppose I could clone some of the others, like I have to do with the matching fences I'm making, but then you'd have a billion versions of each stair clogging up the catalog and I'm not sure that anyone would really want that...

I'm also recoloring the concrete Uni stairs, but not in wood because that would look silly. I'm doing those in random shades to complement the billions of plaster walls I've made and the smaller number of concrete floors to match them. I'm not sure I'll upload those because I don't know that anyone else would find them useful; I'm just using them heavily in the desert neighborhood I'm currently building.

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#5 Old 6th Oct 2010 at 4:09 AM
I am with you on hating the pastels. These are SOOOOO much more practical. Thanks for your hard work. I love it!
Test Subject
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#6 Old 7th Oct 2010 at 4:21 PM
<quote>What the heck would you use those stairs for unless you were building a Barbie Dream House or some pastel Victorian gingerbread monstrosity?</quote>

Absolutely -.-
I love what you did, perhaps you would like to think about doing this to HugeLunatics Open Underneath version of the Storybook "Crime"?
I always thought, if I would start to do stuff for the Sims myself, I'd give the whole Storybook thing a try - that, or the Art Nouveau furniture collection *shudder*, because of the challenge.
Just think about it, what recolour would make look those Windows _actually_ good, and therefore useable?
Undead Molten Llama
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#7 Old 8th Oct 2010 at 1:01 AM
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Originally Posted by GreenMarie
I love what you did, perhaps you would like to think about doing this to HugeLunatics Open Underneath version of the Storybook "Crime"?
I always thought, if I would start to do stuff for the Sims myself, I'd give the whole Storybook thing a try - that, or the Art Nouveau furniture collection *shudder*, because of the challenge.
Just think about it, what recolour would make look those Windows _actually_ good, and therefore useable?


I...actually hadn't thought of the Open Underneath stairs because I don't have/use them and am scared of stairs that need scripts, as I think those do, if I remember right. But I think that at least in this particular case, such a thing might be useful, indeed... *swallows bravely at the script thing, and goes off to download*

Because of recoloring this stair, I've discovered that it's quite fun to take the Maxis stuff that I never use because I think it's hideous or because it's just not a style that I like (In my case, other than the Horrifying Pastel, that would be the Country stuff from Seasons) and trying to make it useful, at least to me, without actually changing anything of the mesh because I'm not very good at that. (Yet?) You should give it a try! It's really not that hard. I have been sort of leaning toward the stuff in the Build Catalog, but now I look at the Buy Catalog and go, "Hmmmmm...." Like those "Art Nouveau" cabinets that have potential style/shape-wise, but I just don't like the colors... Hmmmmm....

I've now de-pastel'ed pretty much all of the Storybook items. The column and the fence, at least. I'm now eyeing the windows, thinking that they'd be a lot less stupid-looking without the curlicue things, and that would be an easy fix. I think they COULD be made useful, definitely. Is there a door? I never noticed...

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#8 Old 8th Oct 2010 at 2:41 AM
Undead Molten Llama
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#9 Old 8th Oct 2010 at 11:35 PM
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Originally Posted by HugeLunatic
FYI: My open underneath stairs are slaved to their counterpart, so these recolors will work for them. =)


Oh, sweet!

Thanks so much for your hard work in making those stairs recolorable. And, really, thank you so much for...everything that you've done. I seriously don't think I could play this game without your items and your fixes. (Like the one that allows you to put Maxis rugs off-grid without them looking stupid.) You, to me, are a goddess. Thanks so much for all that you do.

I'm mostly found on (and mostly upload to) Tumblr these days because, alas, there are only 24 hours in a day.
Muh Simblr! | An index of my downloads on Tumblr.
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#10 Old 9th Oct 2010 at 4:24 AM
Fantastic!
Great work!
Test Subject
#11 Old 9th Oct 2010 at 3:50 PM
Default open underneath
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Originally Posted by HugeLunatic
FYI: My open underneath stairs are slaved to their counterpart, so these recolors will work for them. =)


yup....my fault.
It is just that I have....so many stairs already, so I did not find them at first : ) silly me!
Field Researcher
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#12 Old 28th Oct 2010 at 12:06 PM
Your stuff rocks, iCad. Glad to see you're planning recolours of the Uni concrete stair - I use your rusty rail version of them in Strangetown all the time, they suit the desert very well.
Lab Assistant
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#13 Old 5th Apr 2015 at 11:54 PM
I also hated the stupid pastel colours of these stairs, you are a savior, these are perfect for the elvish-styled restaurant I'm working on :P I might upload it here once its done, if I feel like it XD
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#14 Old 9th Dec 2015 at 8:34 PM
Hey, so will you recolor HugeLunatics Open Underneath stairs? I'd love to have those in my game in your recolors.