Dueling DIY Stairway Update #4
It is time again to update on the stairway progress and since it is yet another week that things don’t LOOK much different, I almost let this Tuesday slide.
I have been busy finishing mudding the remaining walls including the small bit over the door opening as you go down the stairs. For two seconds, I thought of doing the ceiling, but that was only temporary insanity, thank goodness!
The exciting part is that we are ready for painting! I hoped to have started that this weekend, but I lost a few days with out-of-town trips and pending visitors, which meant loads of housecleaning.
Man, can a house get messy during renovation projects! Especially when sanding joint compound.
I found this at Home Depot on Clearance for $8.40. Yeah, $8.40.
I needed to get some things to finish projects for the kitchen and thought I would give a look see for some basic white paint. Though this paint is base 3, which is for mixing dark colors, the paint tech mixed in 12 oz of Titanium Oxide to get it as white as he could.
Did you know that base, at least this one, is transparent if you don’t add colorants? I didn’t. I thought that was pretty interesting. Good thing we asked about it and didn’t just grab it and go, thinking it would be a cheap white paint I could use to custom mix the color for the stairwell.
I decided to use the leftover gray paint, that I really love, from my hallway on the stairwell, but wanted to lighten it a shade or two. Hence the need for a gallon of white. I will need to add the gray to the white paint to get the desired results. If I added white to the gray it would take many gallons to lighten it sufficiently.
I will build wainscoting going up the stairwell too, but not the same design as we built in the hallway, and we will also use much thinner wood to lose only minimal width on the already narrow stairway.
Looking at the application instructions on the paint can, it seems that, as the label claims, not only is this paint a primer and paint in one, but you can also use it to fill nicks and holes. First you fill the bad areas as you would with spackle, then you paint as normal. It claims it is thicker than normal paint or this reason, not surprisingly.
I am leading towards painting the stairway ceiling with this as it is, then mix the gray with the rest. The gray is a Benjamin Moore color matched in Behr eggshell, this is Glidden Flat, hopefully all will go well and I will have a nice matte finish that is washable. Cross your fingers.
Sorry for a boring, not much to see post. This time next week, however, I hope to show some paint on the walls and new treads and risers on the stairway.
I wonder how the others are getting along: