ceilings & floors

JULY 16, 2016

My order for the day was to paint the floor, but, as you might have guessed, I got distracted.  The shop was delivered with studs in the interior, minus the plywood floor.  I, being a person who watches too much HGTV, decided to stain the studs on the ceiling.  This seemed like a perfect plan– I would stain the beams and then paint the floor, so if a couple of drops of stain made their way down it wouldn't matter.

As I started to stain the first beam, I realized that this might have been a mistake.  Here's a list of things to keep in mind:

  • If you've insulated your darkroom, it will be warm, especially during the heat of the day
  • A 4' ladder might not be tall enough to reach the peak of the ceiling, especially if you're 5'4"
  • Beams have three sides

I stained as many of the beams as space would allow (about 5), which took roughly 4-5 hours.  This would have been much faster if I was A) taller, or B) able to think of walking back to the garage to get a 6' ladder.

On the bright side, painting about 96 square feet of flooring seemed like nothing after standing on tiptoes on a ladder.  For the floors I used an oil-based porch paint by Valspar.  Try as I might, I am not always a tidy person, therefore the floors could not stay bare.  The best and cheapest tool I've found for painting a floor is a Handi Painter. At less than $2, this is probably the cheapest part of the whole process.

Pre paint and stain

Half a beam in.  I originally thought I could get away with not staining those triangular plywood pieces, but (surprise) I was wrong.

Mostly done