Tuesday, April 22, 2014

We Painted Our Stairs

Maybe I should start this post by saying, "Hi, I'm Tricia, and I love painting stairs."

In fact, I went so far as to comment to my younger sister (and fellow stair-painter) that painting stairs was in my top five favorite things to do.

That is before, of course, I started really working on the details (otherwise known as the EDGES), which I have a very difficult time with. I watched a video from Young House Love entitled "Cutting In," and could've laughed. Some people have a GIFT for edges, and I'm not one of them.

Anyway. Edges aside, I DO love painting stairs. It's an inexpensive, fairly quick fix, and it makes your stairs go from terrible to "much, much better."

Okaay, so when we moved in, our stairs were carpeted--with thick, dirty plastic covering the carpeted stairs.

When the carpeting was removed, this is what the TOP set of stairs looked like.

Pretty decent. Not too bad. Right?

Unfortunately, this is what the lower set looked like.

They were as ugly and black in person, as they are, staring at you from this photograph. I believe most of the black was from glue, and even though I sanded and sanded and SANDED, there was only so much I could do to these dear steps. They still looked very rough.

The top set was relatively easy to prime and paint. I used two coats of primer before I started painting (both the white and brown were specifically porch-and-stair paint)...

And here's the lower set. I used FOUR coats of primer before I started the painting process. Each set of primer made the steps look THAT much better, though.

We still have some touch-up work to do on these steps... This morning, I had that exciting moment of pulling up the frog tape, only to discover that the lines weren't completely straight. Sad, yes. Disappointing, yes. Am I still over-the-moon pleased with the progress?

Yes, yes, YES.

Just for fun...

Stairs before

Stairs after


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