So last weekend I decided to finish repainting my stairs, landing and hall. I had already done the base coat, which was easy and took about 45 minutes and now all I had to do was the gloss topcoat. All. Hah! The tin *said* dries in 4 - 6 hours, but this turned out not to be entirely the case, especially when you're me, and have a habit of laying on the paint a bit thick.
So when we came home from our day out at the Cotswold Wildlife Park (my... I mean, my daughter's favourite place in the world) the hall and stairs were still absolutely, completely wet. This necessitated climbing in through the (mercifully unlocked) window with babies, carseats et al (we don't have a car - we use Streetcar) in order to preserve the hall, but we just had to sacrifice the stairs, sadly.
This afternoon, I'm going to take a few minutes to do the non-tread bits of the stairs (which I had intended to do that night, but didn't because of the stickiness) and hope for the best. Then during the week, I'll re-do the treads, doing every second one, and painting very, very thinly.
I'm just using plain white gloss paint, because of the white thing I have going on these days, but all these amazing painted stairs that I keep coming across online are making me wonder what else I could be doing...
Wish me luck!