12 Days of Painting: Day 5

Finishing up and crossing items off the list. The staircase treads and baseboards are done. Two coats of fresh Cloud White by Benjamin Moore.Notice the newel post – I am making progress here too!

Here are some up close and personal on the damaged stairs – its not terrible but definitely not safe. Not sure what can be done to fix this situation besides the stair-runner.

And Sergey finished with a second coat of paint in the small bedroom. Not sure that the picture shows that much difference from yesterday, but in person it makes a difference and looks very good. Now I just have to touch up small spots on the ceiling with a primer, and take care of the baseboards, and seal the bricks where the chimney used to be (which we decided to leave exposed).

So here’s where we are on our painting list:

Painting to do by December 22 (by priority):

  1. staircase spindles (2/3rds done – still need to do the side in the dining room)
  2. staircase risers
  3. baseboards, shoe moldings on first floor, first and second floor hallways, and staircase
  4. staircase hallway wall (primed and painted)
  5. small bedroom 
  6. staircase molding panels (dining room)

Painting to do – wishlist:

  1. kitchen moldings (so tired of the cheetah look from the wood filler)
  2. middle bedroom
  3. kitchen
  4. dining room
  5. living room
  • alsatian

    I’ve followed your project for a while so I know you are completely capable of doing what I’ll say next. Replace the whole tread wherever the nosing is splintered. Wood treads are stock items at good lumber yards: Galliher & Hughley, ABC in Shirlington, TW Perry. If you have an odd dimension buy some stock boards and router the nosed edge yourself.

  • victorianinbloom

    Alsatian, thanks! will definitely look into this. Wondering if you might know — should our stair treads be made of the same type of wood as our floor boards? Our floors are original and are made of yellow pine (that’s what one of the floor people told us when they did the estimate).

  • alsatian

    If you want something resilient that won’t wear, go with hardwood treads and not worry about trying to match the floor. Your damage looks like it was caused by a dropped piece of
    furniture. Hardwood would have had a better chance to survive that kind of

    Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) is a softwood. Turn of the century was a boom-time for SYP from Georgia/Florida so pretty much every 1900 rowhouse in this town had SYP. It’s an easy guess for a house like yours even if you don’t know what SYP looks like.

    Softwoods dent and crush easily. Vintage SYP is more durable than new SYP because it was old-growth. SYP is fine enough for floors where traffic patterns are dispersed. But stairs funnel traffic and get more wear than the average floor, so any dents and wear will be concentrated at stairs. By dents I mean from something as innocuous as walking on the floors in high-heels. Which is why hardwood should be considered

    Hardwoods like oak and maple are much more resistant to impacts than softwoods. They won’t dent, crush or wear as fast as softwood. Combining hardwood treads with softwood floors was done frequently because it was the most practical combination: cheap SYP where you wanted volume, expensive oak or maple where you wanted quality and durability.

  • victorianinbloom

    Thanks alsatian–tread replaced :) also, the background info is very helpful!