I finished the painting in the front hall after we got back from San Diego. We have decided to wait to replace the woodwork until all of the painting is finished in all of the rooms that might also want to have new baseboards. We will remove them, or not as we go.
You may wonder why we want to replace the woodwork. Simple, it is ugly and it is cheap! When this house was built the trend was to use rough wood with a dark stain for trim. Over the years we have replace it in the family room, the upper hall and kitchen with stained oak. This house is already a hodgepodge of woods, so it probably won't matter if we don't replace all of it, but I think we would like to.
The other wall of this staircase is quite tall and will require using the extension ladder.
I'm going to skip it for now.
I spent a couple of hours on Saturday wrapping the railing in newspaper and poster board. The slick advertisement sections are better than the newsprint pages.
Today I painted the first coat behind the rail, but ran out of paint. I think I am going to change brands of paint. I used a Gliddon outside and it was great. I bought a BAER Premium for indoors and it seems very thin and needs two coats to look good.
I didn't mind doing two coats outside, but I think one coat should be enough for an off white, over white inside. Since I only bought one gallon, and finished the hall with it, I'm going to look at the Gliddon colors tomorrow. They can always mix a match to the Baer color card, and I think the Gliddon covers much better. There are a lot of walls and I hate to do it all twice.
I have also restarted jotting down several "to do" things in my book of lists each evening. I found that very helpful last summer when I was working on the outside.
I have skipped walking for a few days, too busy, but I will get back to it tomorrow, or the next day!