Urban Renewal: Fixing Up A Staircase

Stand to support the extension ladder.

Stand to support the extension ladder.

Our urban renewal continues with one of the more challenging aspects, painting above the staircase. This first required making a stand that the ladder could be put on. Wanting it to be absolutely solid for my 20′ extension ladder, it took nearly as long to make the stand as the paint the staircase (I’m told I paint fast). As you can see I made sure it had enough support, along with being screwed into the stairs.

Here I am (behind the ladder) paint the blue-aqua on the staircase.

Here I am (behind the ladder) paint the blue-aqua on the staircase.

It was interesting being that high painting in a house but the limited space actually made it seem pretty safe, there wasn’t much room for things to move around. We did the first floor in bright colors, since we were both tired of safe neutrals. My artistic son should be happy and was in part the inspiration. A person can also see through the whole house looking in the front window so the colors had to coordinate.

Upstairs we wondered about a theme for coordinating colors and ultimately were inspired by Meg’s sister’s beach photos. The sky blues, aqua greens, beige sand, white clouds seemed obvious after a while. So the bedroom is cobalt blue with white trim, the studio sky blue (with all the windows in there it made sense to extend the sky into the room), and the bathroom sand beige. We are asking Melissa to send us her pictures so we can print them and put up to honor the inspiration, maybe nine arranged on a wall.

Above the stairs we put a piece of wood I scavenged from a campground at my favorite spot that was being completely gutted because of the pine bark beetle. The wood near the chapel there was twisted and turned, I assume because of snow conditions, and it left this very interesting piece.

I call this Rising Phoenix. It's a piece of wood from my favorite place in the world.

I call this Rising Phoenix. It’s a piece of wood from my favorite place in the world.

I call this Rising Phoenix. It’s a piece of wood from my favorite place in the world.

One day I thought it looked like a bird, a natural artwork. So I’ve hung it on the wall for now. We’ve been culling out pictures of clouds from my collection and soon expect to get them printed and put up to cover the wall behind Phoenix Rising, at the same time hanging this from the ceiling a few inches in front of the pictures. That’s the plan anyway!

 

One thought on “Urban Renewal: Fixing Up A Staircase

  1. Wow – you certainly have a better head for heights than I have, Bob! When we painted the ceiling in the stairwell back in our old house I never quite finished it, my vertigo finally getting the better of me. What a great use of that amazing piece of drift wood…can’t wait to see it “above the clouds”!

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