Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Painting Stairs To Look Like Wood - part two

The stair project is complete.  I painted the stairs, the landing and the handrails to look like an espresso wood.  Creating this espresso wood tone on the stairs was a challenge but in the end they came out looking great.  One of the biggest challenges with this project was that I had to stand on a lower step and bend over to paint a step two up from the one I was standing on.  Bending over all day was a back breaker for sure.  I tried to sit on a lower step and paint one higher but sitting did not give the angle I needed to create the wood grain look.

This series of photos starts at the top of the stairs and works its way done. If you look at the previous post on this which I posted last week, you can see the huge difference it made creating this wood look on the stairs as opposed to the battleship grey they were when I started.


















All in all creating the wood grain on the stairs gives this section of the home a great new look.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Painting Stairs To Look Like Wood - part one

I started on a new project this week.  The job is to paint a set of stairs and the hand railings to look like wood in a new home.  There are 12 stair treads a landing and then 6 more treads, plus the handrails.

When the home was built the home owners had a really beautiful driftwood tile floor installed.  It's amazing how they can make tile look like real wood now. You really can't tell the difference.  Anyway the builder was suppose to make the stairs and railings look like driftwood too.  So the first two pictures are what happened.  The stairs ended up being painted a battleship gray.  Not even close to a driftwood look.




 The home owners where not pleased at all.  I was called in to consult and see if I could create a look that would be more what the homeowner wanted.  I did 4 sample boards, for homeowners, 2 where driftwood and 2 where an espresso wood look.  I made the sample boards the right size so we could lay them on top of the stair treads to get a great idea of what the stairs would like.

Taking into consideration the rest of the decor in the room and existing flooring the espresso look was the obvious choice.  Painting them to look like the existing floor just seemed too much.

So as with all painting projects the first thing I do is clean the stairs really well. After all people are walking up and down them they are dirty. Then I scuff sanded them down and primed with a gray primer.  Taping off each stair tread and the balusters took a long time but it's was the only way to insure I didn't get the paint all over the white trim and the risers.


 I taped plastic bags behind the rails so I wouldn't get paint on the walls.  Once I had it all taped off I applied the base coat of paint, a dark brown.


 After the base coat dried (the next day) I could start to create the espresso wood grain look on the stair treads and railings.  The thing about working on the stairs is you can't walk up the stairs until the paint dries really well.  Even so, once I started I took off  my shoes and I am working in my socks. So you go up 12 steps to the landing and turn go up 6 more to the second floor.  I have the top 6 stair treads done and the railings.  I am going to apply 4 coats of a crystal clear floor finish on them.  The next picture is the top 6 treads with 2 coats of the clear over them. The treads are actually a little darker than the picture indicates.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Garage Doors Finished Up

I was able to get thru the heat and finish up the garage door project today.  Yesterday the heat index was 106 and it was over a hundred today.  Pretty hot for sure but even so I was able to finish creating a wood grain look on two garage doors.

In the first picture you can see how I have taped off the top two rows of the double car garage door and have them almost painted in like wood.


 This next photo shows the top two rows done and the horizontal space between them also painted to look like wood.


 A closer view of the wood grain.


Almost got the the big door done but not quite.


 The next photo is a pretty good shot of the smaller door complete.




A closer view of the larger door.


Both doors together.