Stair Project

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.


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    • tipper on March 25, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    The steps look so good!! A job well done!

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    • on March 25, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I’m more relieved than pleased. I was afraid it would look crappy, but it doesn’t. I guess I win.

    • Apple on March 29, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    They look great! I’m all for anything I can spruce up with paint. I’ll have to give the Skid-Tex a try on my back steps.

    Apple’s last blog post..Sunday Morning Frustration

    • on March 29, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    If you use it, stir frequently. I would put in in the last coat only, but if you’re only doing one, that’s it. I used 1 quart paint and 1/2 cup skid-tex, and it worked well. But, you have to decide how much to mix up, I don’t think you could store it with the skid tex in it. It’s like walking near a pool, kind of rough, but it serves the purpose.

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