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[2-Story Stairwell Painting]

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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 300 00:13:06,189 --> 00:13:09,260 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.

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