It was kind of
irritating fun that we were able to see the blue flowered paper they had painted over. After several months worth of weekends plugging away at the wallpaper, we were finally able to paint the entryway this lovely Ralph Lauren ‘vintage’ shade called Reflecting Pool, and the stairway was ready to be primed:
At this point, we risked life and limb to paint the 15 foot ceiling and walls going up the stairs, and then we tackled the stairs themselves. You can sort of see here how high up we were leaning with our trusty ladder. It was a good thing we still had the carpet on the stairs for traction:
Try to not be mesmerized by Shaun’s bulging, tattooed bicep, kay? That white line on the ceiling was the previous owner’s failed attempt to paint the walls without getting it on the ceiling. Cause you know, it’s always a good idea to put a fresh coat of paint on the walls and leave the grungy ceiling alone. If the ceiling had been wallpapered, they probably would’ve made the extra effort.
After priming, painting the hallway with Behr Antique White and ripping out the carpet on the stairs, we were left with this:
The treads were actually very cool, they had used some sort of ebony stain. However, they were in bad condition and needed to be refinished. We decided to sand everything, re-stain the treads and railing, then paint the risers and balusters the same white as our trim throughout the house. There was also about a million staples and nails in these poor steps.
Sanding the dark stain off the treads AFTER painting the walls ivory was not the brightest idea, you can imagine how my freshly painted walls looked after this:Oh, well. You learn things with every project. I cleaned the walls and thanked myself for getting the ‘scrubbable’ flat enamel paint. And now, the fresh and clean ‘almost after’ shots:
We used Varathane Espresso stain for the stairs, we just love how this dark shade highlights the white trim, and also how it looks next to the cedar shade in the entry and living room. When we get around to refinishing the upstairs hardwoods, we will also use the Espresso stain for the entire second floor. We still need to put down the shoe molding on the stair landings, paint the window and the three (!) single doors in this area, paint and rehang the french doors, and touch up some of the risers and balusters. Joan Rivers, I totally feel your pain. Well, not literally - but you know what I mean.