The Craft House has a back staircase off the kitchen leading up to bedrooms and a bathroom.
and for the last ten years it has looked like this…
for the past three years i have wanted to paint them but i just couldn’t get it done.
this spring i finally had a long enough break in rentals and craft weekends and i got busy.
i cleaned everything really well.
then i primed all the wood surfaces with Kilz2.
and then i painted the walls and the ceiling all same color – Ultra Pure White by Behr in Eggshell finish.
after the walls and ceiling THEN i painted the doors, baseboard, window trim and the treads in Behr Ultra Pure White Semi Gloss paint.
painting wood white takes like a million years and then three more coats after that.
but it is so happy and bright that it is worth it to me.
wood color honestly makes me feel sad to be around… not at your house but yes at my house.
it sucks all the light out of the room.
i wouldn’t be sad visiting your house all decked out in wood everywhere but if i had to LIVE in say… a log cabin?
i would either go into a deep depression or paint the log cabin white on the inside.
(and maybe the outside too)
i know me.
it felt like it took FOREVER to get to the fun part!
i was dying to start on the color.
i taped the edges around the stair riser to help me have straighter lines.
and then i could FINALLY start.
i got the smallest size of paint i could… i think it’s a pint?
i used Valspar paint for the colors.
– Bright Red
– Hint of Cherry
– Orange Ochre
– Dandelion Wish
– Chopped Chives
– Lavish Green
– Wishing Well
i am not brand loyal for paint.
it is purely based on which store i am closest to at the time i need the paint.
and i used a foam brush for the colors.
it just seemed like it would be easier to control for such a small area.
(i am aware that i still need to caulk the baseboards… one step at a time)
——————————————- BEFORE ——————————————————- AFTER ——————————————–
is there anything happier?!
there is not.
i touched up my mistakes with a little paint brush – OY VEH!
i had lots of time to think and pray and sing and plan while i was working on all of this.
and this is the polyurethane that i use on white painted wood projects.
i like it.
i used it a lot.
i used many coats since stairs get a lot of traffic.
i may hang things on the wall.
i may not.
it took a ton of time but it was worth every second.
i wish i would’ve done it when we lived here.
i wish i had it my house i live in now just so i could see it everyday. 🙂