The stair stringer, which I stripped of paint last year when I was removing the old shellac from the treads and risers, ended up needing three coats of paint in addition to one coat of primer. Not sure why; maybe it's because the 3rd floor trim paint had thickened up in the can and I added too much water to thin it out. Seemed the right consistency to me.
I had second thoughts about painting some of that woodwork-- after I had two coats on and it was too late, of course. But the question would be, where would the natural finish stop? And the white, I knew, would look better once the walls on either side of the stairs were repainted.
They're getting a more intense shade of yellow than was on them before. I wanted them to pop when I first painted the study in 2003, but in the ambient light they looked practically the same as the pale yellow walls of the room.
|Old color left; right, the new|
Maybe I should call my Sherwin Williams store tomorrow and ask them what they think is going on, before I do the second coat.