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Some parts of the home are part of the background, other parts are focal paints. Most painting is concerned with the walls, which is part of the background. And this is something that has to be done well, lest it contains flaws, becomes noticeable and ceases to be in the background.

Some other items that are painted are features of the home. These are items like fireplaces, staircases, or feature walls. We approach the painting of these features a little differently to other parts of the home.

Staircases deserves special attention. They are functional, but also very much part of the decor. So we should design and paint them so that they really contribute something to the room.

Many indoor staircases consist of wooden stairs and a wooden railing with balustrades. The stairs themselves are often stained rather than painted, or given a clear protective coating. But these are forms of painting. care should be taken that these stairs are not slippery.

The railing on a staircase is occasionally left bare, but it is usually painted. This is not too difficult, we just need to find the right colour to suit the rest of the decor.

Use masking tap and heavy butcher paper to mask the areas around the railing that are not to be painted.

Use a ladder or low scaffold near the rails in order to reach the rail. Make sure there is someone holding the ladder, because these things are less stable than they appear, especially when you are near the top; the centre of gravity is too high to be completely stable.

Move the ladder as you paint each rail in succession. Do not reach out too far from the ladder, there is a risk of toppling over.

If the surface of the rail needs sanding you might use liquid sandpaper, this sprays on to prepare the surface. Physical sanding of all the intricate surfaces will take too long. At the very least clean the surface with sugar soap.

Use a two inch brush to first paint the railing. Then paint the balustrades. Keep a damp cloth handy to clean up any spills. Do this quickly lest they dry into lumps.

The Actual Stairs

You probably want to use the staircase while the paintwork is going on. you can achieve this by just painting every alternative stair, and the doing the others stairs a day or two latter.
Start with the top stair, and paint the rest of the stairs while descending. This is one situations where is is best not to start at the bottom.

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