Friday, March 25, 2011

Are We There Yet: The Stairway Edition

After yesterday's sneak peek at the stairs, I began thinking that I actually needed to post an update since it's been a while. I don't want people thinking that I've stopped working! Heaven forbid. No way no how, friends. I'm hard at work, my knees are bruised and my spirit is dampened, but it is not crushed!

I will emerge victorious! Stupid stairs.

My original plan was to stop posting before I started painting, and a week later unleash the final product with a dramatic, "voila!" moment.

Yeah, well. That didn't really pan out. The gig is up. I am painting my stairs.

Here are some things I've learned from this project:
  1. Paint every other step to maintain a basement escape route. Go back later and paint the other ones.
  2. Lock your pets up beforehand to reduce the risk of paw prints in your primer.
  3. Give yourself twice as much time as you originally estimated to finish the project. See #1.
  4. Taping off stairs for painting is incredibly time consuming -- make sure to pay special attention to tricky corners (where the riser meets the tread, etc.) to reduce the risk of paint bleeding under the tape.
  5. Painting over the painter's tape with the original color before you paint the stripe (yes people, I painted a stripe! So much for surprises. SIGH!)  is a great way to eliminate bleeding under the tape.
  6. You can also use paint the tape with clear glaze to avoid bleeding -- mod podge is NOT an acceptable substitute, no matter how lazy/impatient/innovative you think you are. Go to the store.
  7. Hire a professional Be patient. You can do this!

Seriously crossing my fingers that we'll have a reveal next week. Three... coats... of poly... this weekend. Blarg.


  1. WOW!!! It's such a BIG undertaking, I'm seriously impressed that you even attempted it on your own. Can't wait for the reveal :)

  2. Oh my, I'm freaking out a little for you. That's a huge project! It takes SO long to do things the right way, but it the end it's really worth it. =)

  3. Aw, you're so cute. You'll get it done!!! And the results will be fabbbbbulous :)

  4. You are hilarious & a girl after my own heart!! I am in the MIDDLE of a stair project right now....but when I ripped out our carpet (while hubby was at work ~ mind you!) I found 2x12's w/ funky risers w/ foam on the no way to reuse existing wood....:( So we have to cut new stair treads & risers etc...etc....Mr T & T cut them all about an inch too we're thinking of hiring it out. But I'd much rather save the money.

    Great job ~ your stairs turned out amazing. BTW~ I have the exact same pic in my inspiration file!


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