During Part 1 of this project, I shared with you Steps 1-5.
Part 2 includes a repeat of Steps 4 and 5 and completing Step 6 and 7 if you’re installing carpet treads. Here’s what to do, after the jump…
Repeat Step 4: Paint
This is where the second coat of paint begins. You’ll want to dust and wipe down the steps, since you’ve probably been walking on them after the first coat dried, and there’s bound to be a little bit of dust and whatnot hanging out. Let them dry, and go in to the first steps you painted in Step 4, and paint them again. My second coat I did a little heavier to help make it more even. Don’t forget to mark your alternate steps! Once you’re done, let them dry according to your paint directions, ours dried to the touch in about 3 hours, and we didn’t walk on them until after 4 hours.
Repeat Step 5: Paint, continued
I painted the alternate stairs when Lilly went to bed, and touched up some places I missed while I worked my way down the steps. I am so happy with how the paint turned out, and even more excited because I got a minimal amount on my hands. Which also means a minimal amount on my paint-filled-sweat-pants. Hooray! I taped off the alternating steps again, and let them all dry nicely overnight, and woke up to these pretties:
|So white, neat and shiny. Drool.|
If you’re not installing treads, and are leaving them as-is, then you’re done. If you are putting them on, press on.
Step 6: Place the Treads
You’ll want to measure or make a little template of sorts for spacing. I am the worst with a measuring tape, so I just used a piece of paper to mark where I wanted them to go. I have no pictures of this process because Lillian was trying to help me by making confetti of extra paper I had on the floor. I’ll try to describe as best I can what I did. I am certain Andrew would’ve measured and did some speedy calculation on getting the treads perfectly centered. If you’re one of these people, go for it.
- Guesstimate: Put a tread down, and eyeball it to the center. Scientifically, of course.
- Check Your Guess: Use a measuring tape or ruler on each side until you’ve got equal measurements (this took me about 1 1/2 minutes, versus the 45 it would’ve taken me if I were doing actual math).
- Make Template: Cut a piece of scrap paper to the measurement you just figured out. I used a 6 1/4″ piece of paper. To space the tread from the riser, I just used one of the nails I was using to attach the treads to the step because it was the perfect size, but you can make a paper template too.
|Say cheese, cat.|