I started the hallway renovation over a year ago! I stripped all the wallpaper, had a friend help me skim-coat the walls, and then we hit a "snag" when Hubby decided it would be great if we could strip the paint off the stairs and railings and bring it down to the natural wood.
Well....guess what....no one wanted to do it! I had three different people come in for an estimate and they all said the same thing. "We should just rip it all out and replace the whole thing." First - that would have been very expensive. And second - that stairway and railing are solid as a rock, with beautiful wood underneath.
So we started doing it ourselves. And a year later, we've finally gotten to the point where we have to finish it. The new kitchen floor will be extended out into the front hall, and all the painting most assuredly needed to be done before that happens.
So I just spent the entire Memorial Day Weekend painting. And I do mean the entire weekend.
8-3:30 on Saturday (then we went to my brother's house for a cook-out). 8-6 on Saturday. (Then we had a campfire in the backyard so Hubby could boil his sap.) And 8-5 today. (Then we rode up to Brown's for some seafood!).
I put two coats on all the woodwork....and there's a hell of a lot of woodwork! And then one coat on all the walls - including the stairwell. I think the results speak for themselves.
That will be it for painting for me for awhile....until I have to paint the kitchen walls before the cabinets go up!