Painting High Stairwells? Tips to Keep You Safe
When need to paint a stairwells, you probably will be asking yourself on how to safely reach areas with high walls and ceiling.
Your local Durham pinting company has painted hundreds of stairwells over the last 10 year and would be glad to help you with this project.
But if you’d rather tackle it yourself, here’s how to do it:
First, place the drop cloth on the stairs. This would be used to protect the stairs from any paint drops.
Once the drop cloth is in place, you can set an extension ladder on one of the stair risers. Make sure that the feet of the ladder are firmly placed in order to avoid any danger. Let the ladder lean back, facing the wall on the second story. And remember to put foam tips at the tops of the ladder to avoid damaging the wall.
Now that the ladder is in place, it is time for you to make use of a (at least) a 2×8” board so that you would have a steady platform as you paint the walls and the ceiling of the stairwell.
Let it slide through one of the rungs of the ladder, and let the other end rest on the staircase. You can then adjust the height of the board to reach higher areas.
To paint the ceiling first, you need to make sure that the walls are protected from any paint spatters.
Cover the walls with plastic polyethylene sheeting – tape it to the wall to keep it in place. Use one long masking tape to mask the wall. Also, mask any light on the ceiling.
Once you have protected the light and the walls, you can now start painting the ceiling. Attach an extension pole to the paint roller, so that you can reach all areas of your ceiling. Try to paint in a slow fluid motion so that paint does not spatter on you.
Now that you have finished painting the ceiling, it is time for you to paint the walls.
Slowly remove the plastic sheeting that you used to cover the walls earlier. Use a sash brush to paint the edge of the walls. Dip the sash brush into the paint about ½ inch, and remove the excess paint on both sides of the brush. Apply a small pressure on the bristles as you guide the tip at the edge of the ceiling.
This process would not elicit the use of a masking tape in order to paint the edges to create a smooth color transition on the walls. Once you are able to paint the edges carefully, you can then proceed on painting the walls using a roller.
After applying the final touches to your stairwell, it would definitely look fresh and appealing, something that will enhance the aesthetics of your home.
Feel free to call us if you have any questions… and watch the video below to see how it’s done.
You can watch for more detail step by step guide below: