All of this week we are sharing our staircase restoration project with you. On Monday we told you about stripping and sanding everything (read about it here) and yesterday we shared our painting and staining progress with you (read about it here). As part of the staircase restoration we have also stripped and sanded the paneling along the side of the staircase. This is what it looked like before stripping.
The top half was painted in the same brown colour as the walls and the bottom was a whitish colour.
Most importantly, you can see that there are so many layers of paint, that lots of the detailing in the wood is lost.
So, yet again after countless hours of stripping with the heat gun and even more hours of sanding this is the result.
Although it’s come up really even and smooth after sanding, it’s quite dark and, as we are painting most of the woodwork in the house, we’ve decided to paint this white, too. We think it should really brighten up the hallway. At the moment we are planning to painting the hallway white, but depending on our mood, we might change our minds… once or twice…
So, after stripping and sanding the next step as always when painting woodwork is to treat any knots with knotting solution. It’s really important not to skip this step, as the knot will eventually bleed through the new paint and leave a yellowish ring. We must have missed one knot when painting our bathroom door and this is what it looks like now.
Not great is it?
Then you can start the painting.
These are our top 5 tips for painting woodwork:
- Make sure you have a smooth and clean surface to start with! Even the best paint job in the world isn’t going to look good on a bad surface.
- Treat all knots with knotting solution.
- Lots of thin coats of paint are better than thick ones. This will also help avoid runs in the paint.
- Sand between coats. This removes the air bubbles in the paint that always occur when painting wood and will help you achieve a smooth finish.
- When painting always finish on an upwards stroke. This will ensure that you won’t be able to see any brush strokes.
After treating the knots it was time for some more painting. The first coat of paint really didn’t cover the woodwork very well.
But after applying a further two coats of paint the paneling is now completely white.
You can see that there are still areas that need touching up. There are also gaps between the panels that need filling. We’re almost there though! Come back tomorrow for The Big Staircase Reveal!