"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: