A Quick Painting The Stairs Post…And How It’s Been Holding Up

It is a case of “how we tried to maintain the finances low by saving cash on the flooring upstairs” which now simply appears hilarious and cute. That’s proper. Years in the past once we purchased this home we knew that we wanted to do numerous work on the primary ground (reconfigure the lounge, add the completely essential sunroom, and redo the poorly constructed 60s addition). However the second ground was effective! Simply wanted some paint and new carpet. It’s only for the children anyway, not our room…However as soon as we realized that we wanted all new plumbing and precise electrical, it was stuffed with asbestos and many lead paint, we ended up tearing open the partitions. However we had been nonetheless on this “let’s save up right here, the children don’t want fancy” try. We needed to splurge downstairs on some issues, together with the flooring, however upstairs? No, it was effective! We’d put in new carpet (there wasn’t authentic wooden beneath), and paint the steps and the touchdown. Performed.

Beneath the carpet right here on the steps was wooden flooring (simply not within the bedrooms and I don’t bear in mind why or what was in there). Whereas I like a runner ideally this is able to’ve been a pure wooden.

The steps, beneath the carpet, had been in nice form. The subfloor was good and so they didn’t creak very a lot. The touchdown was effective, simply wanted some patching and a little bit of restoration however I really just like the look of wobbly wooden painted white in previous homes. Nice. So the choice was made and everybody agreed – simply maintain the wooden stairs, the stringer, and the flooring on the touchdown and paint it.

That is after months of development however as you may see it was in worse and worse situation.

Right here’s a little bit of the painted course of:

The Painted Stairs

We selected the colour Smoky Blue by Sherwin-Williams and we adore it. Now within the grand scheme of issues do I want that we had wooden stairs and wooden floors as a substitute of carpeted rooms? A tiny bit, however not very a lot. The price distinction was actually not enormous compared to the price of the renovation so it simply appears foolish now that we tried to economize right here. I actually do love the colour and I like the wall-to-wall carpet – it’s very cozy, comfy, and calming. Did portray the steps as a substitute of putting in new stairs save us some cash? Certain, however actually in all probability only a couple thousand {dollars} in supplies and a pair thousand in labor. Which isn’t nothing! If I may return in time would I nonetheless make that selection? I actually haven’t considered it til this very second, which suggests I don’t actually remorse it. However positive, if I may snap my fingers I’d put that beautiful Zena flooring in all places and layer rugs.

I requested my painter what they used and the way they did it and right here’s what she stated:

1. What sort of primer did we use on the steps? We used Zinsser Cowl Stain oil-based primer (Stain Blocker).
2. What number of coats of primer had been utilized? 1 coat of primer.
3. What number of coats of the TREAD-PLEX Waterborne ground coating can be utilized? 1 mild coat first, then 2 hours later we do a full coat of paint.
4. How will or not it’s utilized? Hand or Spray? Sprayed.
5. Do you do the tread and riser on the similar time? If not, what order will they be painted in? Will the stringer be painted 1st? The stringer will get painted first, then as soon as it’s dry, we cowl it up with masking paper. As soon as the stringer is totally coated, we begin portray the steps. 
6. How lengthy does it have to remedy between coats? 2 hours.

The Actual Query: How Has It Saved Up Since Transferring In?

It’s solely been since late August, so 3 months tops. We at all times knew that we had been going so as to add a runner however it’s taken longer than I deliberate, so there are some tiny chips on the perimeters of the treads and hard-to-see cracks already as a consequence of numerous put on and tear. I’m very excited to get the stair runner put in (we selected this one). Keep tuned!

*”Good Photographs” By Kaitlin Inexperienced

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