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Just inside the front entryway that nobody actually uses because the doors don’t open or close with anything resembling cooperation,we have this fabulous, windy staircase full of stained glass windows.
Staircase 3

Staircase 2


It’s very messy in there. Or at least it was before we started redecorating it. Now it’s a different kind of messy.

We’re planning to take some wedding photos on the stairs with the pretty windows in the background, but the pot-leaf wallpaper that’s in there wasn’t really working for me. I’ve always wanted a really dark gray room, but none of my landlords have ever trusted my judgement on that. Lobsterface, on the other hand, has the same taste in dramatic decor that I do (most of the time), so off we trotted to Lowe’s for four cans of High Speed Steel. It’s a Valspar color, but we had it color-matched in Olympic No-VOC paint with an eggshell finish.

It’s DARK. I LOVE it.

But first things first.
I learned the hard way from our bathroom episode that one cannot peel dry wallpaper, nor can one just paint over peeling wallpaper and hope for the best. I heard from a friend who knows this kind of thing that some warm water and fabric softener in a spray bottle will make it peel right off like buttah. You know, if buttah peeled off of things.
Wallpaper Spray

So I started peeling, and as I peeled, I discovered way more than I ever wanted to know about our entryway walls. They’re in terrible shape. The plaster is cracked, and there’s a weird, rounded metal sheet that’s been stuck on to hide the house’s main drainage pipe, and the plaster around that is falling down all over the place. And there’s some elderly wallpaper there that just won’t come down.
Crumbling Plaster

We decided not to be heroes and just hire someone to come fix it for us, and I’m so glad we did. In contrast to most of the handymen we’ve had tromping through here, this guy was fabulous. He came when he said he would, did a great job, and finished on time. I’m hoping he learns plumbing, roofing and all manner of other trades so we can just hire him for whatever we need.

Look at how pretty!
Drywall 1

Drywall 2

Light fixture

Ok. It’s not pretty yet, but it will be! I’ve primed the downstairs (walls and ceiling) with Kilz General Purpose Interior Primer, but I’m not going to share photos of that, because primer is boring. Boring.

That brush, by the way, is the best home improvement tool I’ve found. It’s a short-handled, angled brush that’s just perfect for edging and painting trim. I’ve tried using those edging tools, but they’ve never worked well for me. Give me a good, short-handled, angled brush any day.

I’ll keep you up-to-date as our painting efforts progress. The ceilings actually inside the stairwell are like 20 feet tall, and we only have a little stepladder, so it’ll be interesting to see how we get the paint up there. I’m contemplating taping a paintbrush to a broom handle at the moment. Anyone have any ideas that don’t involve hiring someone to do our dirty work for us?


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