Friday, 26 February 2016

Staircase To Hell

I have hated my staircase for years but did nothing about it and Greg ignored me when I brought it up.  Last year a friend of mine did hers and even though she said it was a lot of work, I was intrigued.  I had it on my to do list last winter but never got around to doing it.  In the beginning of February I bought some paint to refresh our trim in a very bright white and when I finished my main floor I decided to do the staircase before doing the bonus room, top floor and basement.  While I knew it would be a lot of work, I had no idea it would be SO much work.   No idea.
I had to sand it all down by hand as the electric sander would have taken too much off and we didn't want (according to Greg).  I cut the sand paper into thin strips and used them to sand the spindles.  It was a lot of work and ending up cutting my middle finger on my right hand in several places from all the sanding and dryness that comes with it.  I have scabs on that finger, it is still not pretty.

It took 2 days to sand down my staircase and as I sanded away, I started re-watching Sex And The City.  It made the sanding much less horrid haha.  I actually thought that the sanding would be the hardest part of the job and I didn't believe my best friend when she told me that painting would be even worse.  How could it possibly be worse?????

These were the only two items that I needed to purchase for this project.  I had some tape but enough to get me through and I didn't clean my brush when I finished doing all the trim on the main floor and left it in the fridge for way too long and it was no longer useable.  

I used paint and primer combination and I still needed to do a bazillion coats to get it to cover evenly. I spent 4 whole days painting all of this.  It was so much work.  I cannot believe how much work it took to get it finished to my liking.

I also did the ledge of the bonus room too since it looked into staircase and would be gross if it was left the ugly brown.  I love how much it adds to this room.  Since I had the couch pulled out I decided to do the baseboards at the same time.  Might as well get it all over at once right?  Plus I still had more Sex And The City to watch too.

The view looking down from the bonus room.  I am really happy with how it turned out.  The baseboard needs to be replaced and I actually have them in the garage but I need to paint them and Greg needs to cut and put them on, so it probably won't get done for a few weeks since our weekends are full of soccer games on Saturday and soccer camp on Sunday.  

So it took me 6 days, many frustrations and probably some swearing under my breath but I am really really happy with how well it turned out.  I sit and stand and look at it for hours because I am so happy.  It brightens up the staircase so much and just looks so much more modern and nicer!!  Greg loves the finish result too and he was actually happy that I thought it was more work then I thought it would be because he says that all the time and I just ignore him.  That being said, it hasn't stopped me from my next house project which is renovating our master bath en suite ( are these 2 different things or one and the same???)  on a budget of course.  

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