Thursday, February 7, 2008

Painting Stairs

Our bedroom renovation is stalled until our favourite handyman can come in and have a look.  But that doesn't mean we haven't been busy!

Alan very kindly took over the painting of the stairs (I thank you.  My back thanks you.). It's time-consuming, but fairly straightforward.

You just have to remember to do it in two stages.  Otherwise, you'll be trapped.

Day One
Day Two


I've been busy, too.  But my project isn't done yet.....


corine @ hidden in france said...

Brilliant actually. My reptile brain would have never thought of that. I would have moved out for days, or else installed carpet.

Tara said...

You know what? I've never done it this way--ingenious! What a dummy I've been!!

margaret atkinson said...

you are a genius. i'm still trying to figure out how to get the lid off of the paint can. really enjoying your blog! it's blogerific!

Barb McMahon said...

You guys are great!

And I think we've figured out why there are so many carpetted staircases out there....

Ilana said...

Hi there,

So happy to have found your post with photos because my husband and are planning to paint our steps as well and were a little concerned about how it would look (it's so hard to find photos). But yours look great and have given us the courage to take on the project.

Any advice in terms of type of paint, how to pick a color, or other general tips you wish you had known in advance?

Thank you!

- Ilana

Barb McMahon and Alan Mailloux said...

Hi Ilana! Glad you found this helpful.

I primed the steps with a water-based high-adhesion primer (Zinsser 123 is my favourite). This allows you to paint over just about anything, including oil-based paint. And then I just used interior latex.

In terms of colour, I'd recommend a mid-range. If it's too light or too dark it will show the dirt a lot more.

Good Luck!

Ilana said...

Thanks for the tips!