Sometimes all you need is a bit of motivation...this time it was receiving some painting tools in the mail for review that really set up (ME!) off. I should mention here that I am NOT a painter...somehow (and it's been rather easy, really) I've managed to escape having to paint every time. Not this time! :) In our box of accessories was a roller handle, a telescopic pole and an edger tool. Now we had a practical and safer way of painting the stairwell space with it's high ceiling.
|One suggestion on the Internet of how to paint a stairwell...|
I'm glad I don't have to do it that way!
I should tell you a little more about the painting tools. Painting is generally considered to be a relatively easy task and reasonably budget friendly too, and one of the most common home improvements attempted by Canadians. The "relatively easy" applies to basic walls that are easy to reach. But what about trim? high ceilings? (our main floor has 10 foot ceilings) tricky areas like our stairs? That's when "relatively" goes out the window, and the painting project becomes more challenging.
Shur-Line has been making painting tools and accessories since 1944. They were the first company to make the paint roller available to homeowners. In the mid-1950's they designed a paint edging tool on rollers.
SHUR-LINE markets a full line of innovative paint application and paint-related products for do-it-yourself consumers under the SHUR-LINE and Rubbermaid brands. SHUR-LINE continues the tradition of innovation with breakthrough technology such as the use of Teflon® surface protector on painting tools. SHUR-LINE strives to offer do-it-yourself consumers unique and superior painting solutions.In our package were: (with descriptions from the SHUR-LINE website)
SHUR-LINE Roller Covers with TeflonTM Surface Protector
- Our best performing cover with TeflonTM surface protector
- Paint sticks to the wall, not the roller
- Available in 5 different varieties with different naps for various surfaces
- Easy release lever for mess-free cover removal
- Patent pending cage prevents roller slippage
- Soft, ergonomic handle prevents fatigue
- 3 Easy Steps: Load, Paint, Release
- Threaded, for use with extension poles
- Easy one-step extension
- Universal threaded tip for multiple accessory attachments
- Soft foam handle for added comfort
- Patented design cannot be duplicated
- Extends from 30" to 60"
- Eliminates taping
- Retractable guide for mess-free loading
- Quick eject pad release button
- Threaded for pole attachment
- Refill pads available
Now...you're wondering how the painting went. I'll post some "after pictures" so you can appreciate (or not!) the result...we're not quite done, as we still have to paint the trim white (it was likely never done before, just put up as pre-primed trim).
AS for the process: Did I mention I am NOT a painter? Well, I'm still NOT!! But, I was able to paint. Yes, I've never painted before. So for a complete novice like me, the tools were still easy to use. Rolling went smoothly, although I had a few tips and tricks to learn for getting paint on the roller, and then on the wall in even strokes. I liked using the edger in my hand better than on the pole, but that's just because I had to look up, WAY up, and that hurt my neck (still getting over whiplash from last summer). I did notice that the edger didn't always apply the paint smoothly (although I had more trouble with this than my husband), and that some paint did get on the edge of the edger, making a few paint smudges on the crown moulding or other trim. Removing the roller from the frame was a cinch with no paint on the hands involved. Rolling using the extension pole took some getting used to. My part of the wall was ok, but that's just because I was so new to painting. The pole is strong enough to keep the roller where you want it, even when fully extended. I am of average height (5'5") and I am able to reach the ceiling (10') standing on the floor, which is great because I don't really like standing on ladders.
Here's a few pictures of the painting in progress:
I've alluded to this already, but Richard had much better success with the painting than me. He is a much more experienced painter, having done projects with his father at home, with and for his brothers and sisters (and there are 3 of each!) and then in our various abodes since we got married. His rolling went smoothly, his edging is completely filled in, but he still did get a few paint smudges on the other surface. He was very pleasantly surprised with how quickly the job was (more or less) done...much faster than what he expected based on the type of space we were tackling.
And, the (nearly) finished stairwell:
And, the (nearly) finished stairwell:
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