It’s been 10 weeks, 4 days since I started this project.
I’ve had good days. Like finding a dream tool that made painting my stair risers a breeze.
And bad days. Realizing I made a huge mistake when my paint started peeling.
This project definitely gave me my fair share of ups and downs but thankfully, I’m D O N E!
Here is the progress I’ve made from start to finish.
Big change? I think so!
And this is what it looked like midway (view more pics here).
Now if you’re considering re-painting a staircase in your home, give yourself a pat on the back. You’re a brave sole!
Okay. Okay. I’m making it seem worst than what it really is.
In all honestly, it is a pretty straight forward process: Clean; Prep; Paint. However, just keep in mind this is not a weekend project. Depending on your staircase, you may want to designate quite a bit of time to this one.
Here are two tips that I strongly advise you to read if you decide to take the leap. Mistakes can be a great learning experience but sometimes learning from someone else’s mistakes is much better (especially in the case of number 1 below).
1) You want to determine the type of finish your staircase has been treated with before you begin to paint. Our staircase was treated with an oil finish (which I didn’t know). And yes, I painted with latex and then wanted to cry when it started peeling the next day.
In this case, you need to prep your surfaces with oil based primer. . . and then you go to town with latex paint! (Side Note: Oil paint STINKS. It was my first time using it and it has a really harsh chemical smell. If you’re planning to paint and need to use this stuff, wait until the Spring or Fall when you can open all the windows and get a breeze.)
2) I never noticed these gaps between our stair risers until it was highlighted with white paint! This probably bothered me more than the peeling paint AND more than all the time I spent painting spindles. I will admit I’m extremely anal when it comes to details. And this is one I couldn’t tear my eyes away from.
Bothered by this problem for weeks, I finally came up with a solution. I used DAP DryDex Spackling.
Boy did it work like a charm! It went on pink so I could see exactly where this product was going. It filled the gaps no problem and then dried white.
I was happy again, once I saw these results!
Now I’m getting to to the best part of this whole project?
Scoring these babies!!
Remember my first time in a thrift store when I found this side table? Well I went back to that place and nearly screamed when I came across a set of 12 framed renderings. The lady helping me thought I was completely nuts. I tried hard to tame my excitement but I failed miserably.
And what makes these renderings even better, they are all landmarks in Toronto from the 1960’s. Major score!
That’s it! Now that this paint job is over I can focus on getting some decor pieces for the front entrance. Woohoo!