I painted our living room last summer and I ran into trouble when I had to paint the walls above the stairs. Our living room wall is 16′ high so painting the wall along the stairs is a pain in this daddy’s behind. Anyways, I did manage to paint the walls above our stairs and I thought I would share some options with you do-it-yourself dads and moms out there.
Painting Stairs Walls Options
If you’ve got the money, save yourself the trouble and hire a professional painter to paint the high stairwell for you.
Rent a scaffold from a place like Home Depot.
Purchase a ladder leveler for $90.
You can place one end of a plank on a step ladder and the other end on the stairs.
Place the extended legs of a folding table on the lower part of the stairs and the folded legs on a higher part of the stairs (see photo below).
I didn’t choose the first three options because those options cost money and that’s goes against the Frugal Dad’s creed. I thought about using a step ladder and a plank, but I would need a long plank for my stairs. That would make the plank too springy. Plus I wasn’t sure if the plank could hold up the weight of the ladder with me on it.
I went with the folding table option because a table is sturdy and wide. Plus I have a folding table so it didn’t cost me anything extra. However, I did have to build a platform from scrap lumber to level out the table for the extension ladder (see photo below).
- Use a sturdy table that is supported by a metal frame (underneath the table).
- Check the underside of the table for loose screws. Three screws popped out while I was standing on the table. I was lucky the table didn’t collapse.