I promised photos of the completed stairs, and here they are:
These are thumbnails. You can see that the walls of this house are plaster, a fact we have elected to live with. I know one lady who actually pulled the plaster out of her house and installed drywall. I can’t imagine the work doing that, and the mess that would go with it. We hang pictures on the stair wall, and it looks fine.
This one shows my feet in a pair of eight or ten year old shoes I am using for this project. I’ll throw them out when I’m done, they have holes in them in addition to the paint.
For the last two coats on the stair treads I mixed a product called Skid-Tex by Zinzer into the paint. You often see that type of finish on pool decks and porches. It really does prevent slips, and that was my goal.
I had a meeting Wednesday night, and when I came home all the paint was quite dry. I opened the door at the top of the stairs and let the little gray and white “always scared” cat go up. Well, I had to encourage her quite a bit, she had given up. She’s happy now, to have her familiar stomping grounds available to hide in. I’m happy that one step in the project is complete.
I expect the new flooring will be here next week. For now, I am emptying all the shelves in the bedroom so we can move the furniture, paint, and rip out the carpet. It’s really one think after another right now.