Monday, January 31, 2011

Basement Stairs: Almost Done.

Oh.  My.  Goodness.  
This project was not for the faint of heart.  But a good change:

That one teenie tiny little sentence in the 'Before Post' - 
"so I have to remove the staples before I can paint;" 

Should have read: 
 "Before I can paint, I will spend a day pulling out horrid staples - 
wrapping 2 blistered fingers, while cursing the man who put them in 50 years ago." 

I had the kids pulling staples too.  It was a family affair - quite funny actually.  That is how Saturday afternoon went until I gave up and painted the walls and ceiling.   The Cabinet Maker rescued me late in the day and pulled the rest out - thank god. (he had been away all day).  I chose the same beigy-mocha as is in the kitchen for the hallway and ceiling. There are so many pitches and angles to the whole thing,  I feel like a gymnast. 

On Sunday the stairs were ready to paint.. here are some 'during' pics:

{The Run Down}
  • I pulled of the remaining carpet and pad.
  • After pulling staples or staple pulling breaks, I painted the walls beige.
  • I painted the left and right sides of the stairs, (Benjamin Moore - Linen White), two coats.
  • To measure the center 'paint runner', Paul measured where in the middle of the stairs is, then tied a string running down the middle of the whole stairway, then measured equally outward - making the runner even.
  • I painted the Green.  (Glidden - Truly Olive), two coats. 
  • I painted the railing white, 2 coats.
  • In between coats I painted the back door 2 fresh coats of white.  The black is chalkboard paint. 
  • Paul put new casing on the french doors and back door - yippee!


For taping the stairs for the green runner, I relied on Paul who could do it way faster & straighter than I could.
It's not glamorous, but here's what it looked like.


I would say not to try this as a first DIY job.
 It was a tough one.

It's not 100% done - I have to add a final touch before I can do a total 'After' post.
I couldn't do it with the paint not completely dry.  Plus my right hand and arm are about to fall off. LOL.


*02/02/11**

Here is the finsihed product!
xo Jeanne.


9 comments:

  1. wow! You really worked hard, but your stairs came out great!!

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  2. I love this look and it's so popular now. Have you considered putting numbers on each riser or step? It would look really cool.

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  3. Terry, yes. Shhhhhhh. Stairs aren't quite done......

    xo Jeanne.

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  4. Oh Jeanne! It is FAB-U-LOUS!!!! I can just imagine how labor intensive it was! But SO worth it!

    I LOVE it!!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  5. It looks awesome! I love the green. Well worth the effort!

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  6. OOOOOH Love this!! You may have given me an idea, since my stairs (under the carpet) are not real wood. I thought I'd have to replace the treads, but maybe I can just paint them all white....hmmmm... Thanks!!!!!

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  7. Love your stairs and I have been wanting for a long time to do the same to our basement stairs but I have to ask is the paint slippery? or does it chip?

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  8. I have that same old brown color on my stairs! I think that every man in the United States picked that same color! I am so relieved that the modern woman now chooses the colors and does the painting! Your stairs are incredible and your information is sooo appreciated, I still have to tackle mine! You did an exceptional job!

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  9. I hope you get this message! I have paint on my stairs from the previous owner, but after 2 months they are already scratched and chipped! Do you have any suggestions to eliminate this?

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