Thursday, August 1, 2013

Staircase Update.

Thought I'd give you a little update on the stairs today. What a job! I knew it was going to be a bit of a pain but it's been more work than I imagined. So much taping, nooks and crannies to get paint into and much worry about drips and splatters.

Being off in the summer is wonderful and I am thankful I have the time to invest in getting it done. But yesterday was so beautiful after a week of rain and clouds that I put my paintbrushes away and hit the beach for the afternoon. It was wonderful!

Here is a look at my progress taken along the way. You may have seen some of these already if you follow me on Instagram.

Lots of tedious taping around each baluster. 

A coat of primer finished. I used Zinnser Bin primer. It's oil based so harder to work with but it's really the best product when you are painting over wood.

I started the first of hopefully only two coats of semi-gloss paint yesterday. I'm not thrilled with the coverage but I'm starting to see what the end result will be. So far, I think it's going to be worth it!

A few of you asked in my first post about the staircase, what I was doing with the stair treads. When I had all the floors refinished in the house 5 years ago, I had the stair treads done then. Which would explain why they were so light next to the handrails, posts and balusters. I plan to leave them as is and love the way they look next to the white. I'm praying to the diy Gods that I don't get to much paint on them in the process!

The unfortunate fact is that it's now going to be put on hold for a bit. For good reason though! We are heading to Florida on Saturday for the week! Here's hoping we don't melt in the heat! I had hoped to finish before we left but too much to do and people to see before we head out on Saturday. I'll have to settle with one coat for now.


  1. OOOH yay! I totally need to do this, too but no motivation!

  2. Looks amazing! I did this in our last house, so I know how much work it is! But worth it.

  3. I looooooove the white. Also, can you believe how adorable those little flowers on the knewl post are? You didn't even notice them when it was stained! I know staircases are a total pain to paint but it's going to be great!

  4. Kuddos to you for taking on such a tedious job! It'll be so worth it though...looking great. Enjoy your vacation!

  5. Very cool! Which type of finish did you use on the railing? I have been thinking about adding a new finish on to the steps of our Spiral Stair and really like the shade you used.

  6. Looks brilliant. I bow down to this DIY greatness.

  7. Wow, they look amazing. I love the end post detail!

  8. It's going to be SO awesome when it's done - well worth the hard work, I'm sure :)


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