One of the best home improvement projects that you can do is to paint the interior of your home. Not only is this a relatively inexpensive way to improve the appearance of your home but it will make all of your rooms look fresh and clean. This is perfect if you are going to be listing your home for sale or simply want a cleaner, newer-looking space. Unfortunately, while walls are fairly easy to paint, painting your stairwell can be a lot trickier.
Make Sure They’re Really Clean
Before you even pick up a paintbrush, you need to ensure that your stairs are very clean. This is an extra step that not everybody wants to spend the time doing but it’s the only way to ensure that your paint goes on smoothly and evenly. While you may not think that the walls in your stairwell are dirty, you will be surprised at how much dirt and grime gets on them from people going up and down your stairs in dirty shoes. Neglecting to do a good job cleaning this space will mean that your final paint job looks shoddy and rushed.
Buy Quality Tools and Paint
While you may be able to use large paint brushes in your main rooms to cover a lot of space, they will be too big for your stairwell. Buy smaller brushes, rollers, and roller pans and you’ll have a much easier time. Higher-quality brushes will cost a little more up front but they won’t leave bristles in your paint and will ensure a much smoother surface when you are all done.
The paint that you use really matters. Stairs get a lot of action during the day and people run their hands on the walls each time they go up and down them. This means that the paint there will get filthy quickly if you are not careful. You’ll want to put on a quality paint that is tough enough to be scrubbed regularly when the walls are dirty. Using a paint with primer that is built in will allow you to save the time of having to prime an already tricky space to paint.
Consider an Edger
Getting on a ladder to paint your stairwell can be dangerous but you can easily reach high with an edger. This gadget will attach to your extension pole and allow you to paint all the way up next to the ceiling. While this tool does make edging a breeze, it’s a good idea to practice with it in a regular room so that you know how much pressure to use as well as how much paint you will need. After you have edged, you will be able to use a regular roller on the same extension pole to roll the rest of the wall.
While it may seem daunting to paint your stairwell, these tips will help you paint as a pro would. Remember to take your time, invest in quality tools and paint, and take advantage of useful gadgets that are specifically designed to help with the job.