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It’s time for another update on the most exciting competition about staircases you’ve ever seen…
Come to think of it, I hope this Dueling DIY is the only competition you’ve ever seen about staircases. Not because I want to be original… but because if you have seen multiple staircase competitions, I think you should question your lifestyle choices. Go outside, would ya?
Anywho, I made some significant progress on the stairs. And I had a helpful visitor swing by, too:
Mom wanted to help with the stairs, but I questioned whether or not having her help me paint them would be cheating (and being disqualified from my own competition would just be pathetic). So I asked her for help on a side project… literally.
After living with the tan wall color in the living room and hallway for a few years, I think it’s time for a change. I love the color (which for those wondering is Valspar’s Sandy Shell matched to Behr paint), but unfortunately, the lighting in the living room is limited. And since this paint color covers nearly half of the lower floor, the entire area just seems way too cavern-like at night. I think something lighter in the room will also create more contrast with the furniture and floor, and let me add a few more pops of color.
The lighter color chosen: White Dove by Benjamin Moore (the same color I’ve been using in the master bath – it’s a warm white with just a touch of gray). Mom began by cutting in on the wall next to the staircase.
I consider it a trial for whether or not I should go all the way around the living room. You can see a pretty good contrast between the old and new colors below.
But back to the heart of the competition: the stairs.
I hate taping things before I paint them. I’ve learned to be a better painter simply because I hate it. But when it comes to these stairs, tape is necessary. So I suffered through.
After two coats of gray primer, I could start to envision what black paint might look like against the white.
But I couldn’t stop there. I had to try out the first coat (this paint dries really fast by the way – I’ll share more about the paints and colors used in a later post).
Unfortunately, I can’t just power through and do multiple coats. I have to take breaks and let things dry so the dog can go in and out of the house. I’ve been putting boxes at the bottom of the stairs to give them a little extra paw-free dry time.
She was pretty leery of the new black steps at first; wasn’t sure what to do about it. But at the end of the day, she’s still content to make a big mess of things.
Aside from studying hardcore for an exam this evening, I’m hoping the rest of the week will give me a little time to clean the stairs off again (because of the dog, obviously) and get the other half of the stairs coated. I’m still a long way to go, but visual progress is incredibly motivating for the psyche.
I was so proud of all of my progress, I couldn’t help but send a little friendly competition over to Kit to check in on her staircase:
Be sure to head over to Kit’s blog to see her latest update. And of course, by now this little #DuelingDIY isn’t just about Kit and I; we’ve been hoping you’ll join in with your own staircase makeover. If you’d like to check in with us each week, we plan to post every Tuesday until we’re done and check out each other’s before & afters. So feel free to link up in the comments (and I’ve listed a few examples of some who have already mentioned they are participating) if you have your own to share! Can’t wait to see what you’re up to!