How to Paint Two Story Stairwell Foyer | Naperville Home Painting Contractors
How to Paint Two Story Stairwell Foyer | Naperville Home Painting Contractors

[2-Story Stairwell Painting] Are you a DIY are looking to sharpen your skills. Looking for solutions for
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You are in the right place. Welcome to Discover Your Home with your host, Mark
Lotz. Thanks
again for joining us tonight. I want to talk to you folks about painting your
foyer. Depending upon where you live and how you like to say it but here
in good old Chicagoland area we’re going to call it a foyer. So let’s talk about
the preparation. Hey Barely Time to Cook. Thank you for joining us we appreciate
it. A little low energy. Let me pick it up here a little bit. Okay, so we’re talking
about how we’re going to prep the stairwell, what equipment to use, paint selection, a
couple color suggestions, and a couple tips at the end here. So buckle in, let’s
get started. So here’s what we’re going to want to do.
Okay, so we’re going to go ahead and get the main area
prepped here in our foyer. So I want to get our floors covered, our stairs
covered. We’re going to start with a couple special items here.
What I recommend generally: foyers have either hardwood floors or porcelain
floors. There’s a couple things we
like to use. So I’m going to start with and this really centers
around safety start. With the
main area, the big part of the foyer. Use a tarp like this.
They have rubber beads. It grips the floor, so when you get up on a ladder there is not
a lot of movement. Not a lot of sliding around. If you don’t feel that
comfortable with it, you can also put down there’s some heavy duty like rosin
papers or floor covering papers that are out there that work real well with
the feet of your ladder. So this is one that’s out there you can
pick up at your local paint store. Nice product. If you’re going up the stairs,
these also work really well. You just want to make sure you get one that’s
roughly around thirty-six inches wide because that’s generally how wide
staircases are if not and you want something that works really well and
it’s going to take you a couple days to take care of this project. You can go
down to the local big hardware stores and pick up a roll of plastic that will
have a little tackiness to it. You can roll off the carpet and that works great.
And you can basically walk it all the way up the stairs and if you drip any
paint or whatever it’s easier to work with. I actually find that to be a little
bit nicer. I like that that a little bit better
because drop cloths have a tendency to get bunched up and with the carpet
protection plastic you just roll it up and it’s nice and real tight to that
surface. And you can walk up and down and it grips your feet you find that a lot of
realtors will use it when they’re showcasing a home, in the carpeted areas
going from room to room. So you’ll see that in model homes and also homes that
are up for sale. After we get done, we figure out what
we’ve got going on there we want to make sure that we cover our handrails, cover
those real well generally you go by that real thin
I think nine mil plastic. Definitely just drape over that anything
that we can get covered. Let’s make sure we get covered. Mask-off our trim work.
We want to make sure that we get the walls prepped and sanded
because here in the Chicagoland area you’ll
usually have a large picture window over a front door on the one end and then
generally large walls kind of parallel to that front door. So it gives
off a lot of light and honestly what ends up happening is that there’s a lot
of imperfection shown. So you want to make sure you get any of those things
that need to be repaired like cracks, nail pops. Get them sanded, get it primed so
you don’t have what we call in the business
“flashing” going on so anywhere there’s a drywall repair, say it’s a big repair. Let’s make
sure that gets primed so when you go to paint over it, you don’t have that spot
that shows up. Okay, so now you’re pretty much ready to paint. We’ve got all our
tarps in place and we want to make sure it’s a good, safe
environment. We want to make sure we do an excellent job here so get
everything covered then we move on to some of the specialty equipment. So let’s start out
with some ladders. Let’s talk about you’re probably going to need an
extension ladder usually a 20 to 24 foot extension ladder works good. If you don’t
like that, you might have to get a scaffold. I’ll talk about that in a
second but with that extension ladder, you’re going to need what we call a
standoff. It’s something you click on to the top. It’s also called the
stabilizer and what it does is it pushes the ladder back but it also stabilizes
on a wall so it makes it much more comfortable to work off of that platform.
So if you’re comfortable working off a ladder, most foyer entries are
two-story entries and are usually from floor to ceiling about anywhere from 18
to 24 feet high so that’s where you’re going to be in and depending upon how
wide it is, you may need a scaffold. Okay, so if your entry is a
little wider, you might be surprised on what you’re going to need to bring
to the table for that. So you might need what they call an
articulated ladder. Some folks also call it by it’s product name. It’s called a Little Giant.
It opens up and the a-frames and one leg gets longer than
the other. Trying to describe it to you the best
way I can. So there’s a thing with that that’s also just used on stairs. You’ve
got to open it up to the point where it’s level and work out that. There’s a
certain comfort level with that if you’re not comfortable then you may
not want to do this project. But there’s another piece of equipment
you’re going to use there’s some scaffolding. There’s some planking that
you can use, depending upon how your entry is set up it really gets back to how
you’re going to go ahead and do this. And finally, usually like what they call it
is a baker scaffold, a rolling scaffold. Usually about 30 – 36 inches wide. About
6 – 8 feet long. Goes up a couple feet. Somebody can push you around.
Most of the time I would say 95% of the time we have never used the
scaffold unless your entry is wider than probably 10 feet because the fact you
can’t reach things in the middle like a maybe a coffered ceiling or a tray
ceiling or a chandelier. We have to cut in around the sconce up top, so
so really those are some of the equipment’s. Also, you’re going to
probably need an 8 – 16 foot extension pole. My recommendation here is if you’re a
do-it-yourselfer, buy quality. There’s some great, great extension poles that work
great and there’s some that are 8 – 16 is and they’re
useless. So you definitely want to spend a little bit
more money. I think Wooster and Purdy makes two really awesome
polls on the marketplace. For especially when you’re painting larger surface
areas like that so um also having an extra person there, a spotter, if you’re
not comfortable – absolutely spot you on the ladder down below. Okay,
safety first. Make sure you’ve put yourself in a good situation because we
don’t want we don’t want you to come rumbling tumbling down okay. So make sure
if you don’t feel comfortable, have somebody to spot you. Okay, if you
don’t feel THAT comfortable, then don’t get up there. Okay, let’s keep it simple. All
right, so that’s it as far as the equipment. We’ve talked
preparation, for paint selection, let’s keep it simple. Use a low to medium grade flat on
the ceiling because you’re not really washing it, you want to get a real dead
flat so it doesn’t show a lot of anything up there especially if you’ve
got a lot of light let’s say from your chandelier that’s kind of cascading
up. You want a more of a dead flat on your walls. I personally like to use a
high-end matte finish like Benjamin Moore Regal Select matte or Emerald by
Sherwin Williams. I like more of a matte finish because those walls are so large
and there’s a lot of imperfections. I’ve seen enough drywall in my lifetime that
I don’t care, there’s never been one ceiling I was like, “Wow, that was unbelievable!”
Usually you’re going to find because there are seams that are butting together
it’s such a large spans of wall that I want less sheen, even though I want
washability and that’s where I’m going to go with the the Benjamin Moore Regal Select matte or
the Emerald matte. Definitely want to do that. Now you can do the eggshell finish,
there again I personally like more of the matte look but I do like a little
bit more of a washability. The mattes wash up almost as nice as the
eggshell. I will I’ll give up, concede the the washability, for sheen in my
preference so that’s up to you folks. As far as color selection, what I’m seeing
now, what we’re putting up – keeping it light and bright.
I’m going to recommend a couple colors to you that I’ve put up that look really
fantastic with painted trim work and stained trim work. The first one is very
common Benjamin Moore color called Revere Pewter, very popular. It’s a soft
gray, goes with a lot which works well with painted trim. There again, also
stained trim Benjamin Moore’s Linen White, also very classic looking. Looks
great with like White Dove on the trim work, the soft, creamy color looks great.
Also a color by Sherwin Williams called Naturel. I don’t
have the number on that but that’s nice and warm. It’s kind of between a tan and
the gray. It’s close to Revere Pewter but not quite as great nice. Looks
soft, works well with a lot of different colors. Okay, so those are a few color
recommendations I would say unless you really want to go to dark, dark colors.
Most of our customers that we’re seeing out there are staying on the
lighter and brighter side. Okay, a couple tips, while you’re
up there a couple things. What about that picture window? I would highly recommend either
putting a coat of stain and varnish on it, cleaning it up, repainting it and cleaning
that window, cleaning the chandelier or the fan that’s in the entryway
and while you’re up there get some new bulbs in there. Okay, because you’re
probably not going to have a ladder to do it again or if you’re paying a
professional to do it if they’re up there, there’s things that you know
you’re going to want to get taken care So you know if you’re
going to be going through this process of doing all these things, make sure
you are using a good quality roller, good quality brush, good quality materials, and while you’re up there, and
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you got the ladders out, let’s make sure we’re taking care of
all those little things that you’re just over time you just kind of forget about,
walk past, because you’re you really don’t don’t see them necessarily right
in you know right in front of your face. So hey, I just want to thank you again
for joining us. I am Mark with Discover Your Home and we’ll look forward to
seeing you guys next week. Thanks so much for
listening to this episode of Discover Your home with your host Mark Lotz, live
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Twitter and Facebook @LotzRemodeling. We’ll catch you next time!

1 thought on “How to Paint Two Story Stairwell Foyer | Naperville Home Painting Contractors”

  1. Lotz Home & Office says:

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