Yah right. More like stairwell to H.E. double hockey sticks!
This time I really bit off more than I could chew. I have no idea why I had it in my head that this banister painting project was something I could complete in two days. Let me tell you folks, it is definitely not a two day project.
So let me show you how far I got this weekend…
That happens to be the finished primer/sanding stage. Which is precisely where I stopped until next weekend. Hopefully at least, since I’m sort of considering leaving it this way for all of eternity. It doesn’t look that bad, you know, with the places where you can see through to the wood, or the brush strokes, and not to mention the slightly oily feel of the primer. Ooh-la-la.
Why did this take me so long to do? Let’s talk about the process for a moment —
Step one – Tape off all edges of the banister and move furniture that is close to it away so that you don’t get splotches of primer all over them (like me)
Step two – Come up with a plan as to how you will remove splotches of paint from carpet and tile if they happen to get in those places
Step three – Sand the entire banister to get rid of any shiny-ness (easy for me since only the railing was sealed)
Step four – Wipe down banister, vacuum and clean meticulously
Step five – Prime the heck out of that wood with an oil based primer
Step six – Realize that step five took a whole heck of a lot longer than you imagine (especially when you are trying to watch episodes of Lost on your laptop at the same time)
Step seven – Let cure for whatever the can of primer says
Step eight – Sand AGAIN – but this time, you are sanding to get a nice smooth surface, so you want to sand the whole thing, really well. Should be smooth to the touch.
Step nine – Clean AGAIN
Step ten – Take a break until next weekend
But hey, at least I got somewhere, right? Progress!