Painting/decorating advice - borders?

Found 25th Apr 2009
Hi all, would really appreciate some advice.

I am going to decorate my passage and up the stairs.

The problem I have is that the wall that goes up the stairs is VERY high and will be impossible to decorate.

The paint has only been done 18 months ago so it's only the parts we are marking ourselves which needs decorating so the only way I can work out how to decorate it is to paint up to about 6ft another colour and then put a border. The problem is that I HATE borders LOL!

The walls are currently magnolia and have bought a slightly darker colour to go with it. I have also already bought some border from B&Q which was about as contemporary as I could find, but I am wondering if there is another alternative?

I could only think of dado rail, which I definitely can't be agged with and also don't like or just trying to do a straight line myself where the 2 colours meet - has anyone seen that before? If so, how does it look?

Thanks all, any ideas appreciated.

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Put a false ceiling in the slope of the stairs.

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Lulu'sMammy;5032637

Put a false ceiling in the slope of the stairs.



That sound easy, thanks


This is the border I bought, though it looks slightly better in real life:
http://www.linenstore.co.uk/images/rdy33089moc.jpg

Mrs.Z;5032669

That sound easy, thanks :pThis is the border I bought, though it looks … That sound easy, thanks :pThis is the border I bought, though it looks slightly better in real life:


You being sarcastic? Coz if so your right, it is.

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Lulu'sMammy;5032686

You being sarcastic? Coz if so your right, it is.



Sorry, I dont get ya?

Lulu'sMammy;5032686

You being sarcastic? Coz if so your right, it is.



:lol:

I second your suggestion. Simply a case of nailing battons up the wall and covering with plasterboard.

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Mrs.Z;5032799

Sorry, I dont get ya?



think LLM meant, where you put that sounds easy, think LLM thought maye you being sarcastic - lol

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do you mean high as in most hallways high? or are they unnormally high

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Lulu'sMammy;5032686

You being sarcastic? Coz if so your right, it is.



Shengis;5032804

:lol:I second your suggestion. Simply a case of nailing battons up the … :lol:I second your suggestion. Simply a case of nailing battons up the wall and covering with plasterboard.



sassie;5032806

think LLM meant, where you put that sounds easy, think LLM thought maye … think LLM meant, where you put that sounds easy, think LLM thought maye you being sarcastic - lol



Erm... yeah I was LOL! The smiley I put didn't show - I thought LLM was being sarcastic? :?

I CERTAINLY ain't looking to do anything like that anyways LOL!

Shengis;5032804

:lol:I second your suggestion. Simply a case of nailing battons up the … :lol:I second your suggestion. Simply a case of nailing battons up the wall and covering with plasterboard.


Yep, and actually looks very cool, cant even tell. And saves on your heating bill, coz you aint losing all the heat up in the hole.

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sassie;5032823

do you mean high as in most hallways high? or are they unnormally high


The wall by the stair is about 15-20ft high

the sedge;5032813

something like this any good … something like this any good ?http://www.u-diy.co.uk/index.aspx?s=Product&p=1985



Maybe but still doesn't look high enough. TBH, though, I only want to give the walls a lick of paint so don't really want to be buying a set of ladders - was wondering how the decorators did it before though!

i'd like a false ceiling for my very high hallway, but even thats out of my league when it comes to DIY

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Lulu'sMammy;5032934

Yep, and actually looks very cool, cant even tell. And saves on your … Yep, and actually looks very cool, cant even tell. And saves on your heating bill, coz you aint losing all the heat up in the hole.



Sound like far too much work compared to sticking up a border, though!

Thanks for the suggestion anyways

Extendable rollers, trestles or similar

Mrs.Z;5032953

was wondering how the decorators did it before though!



A ladder sloped from near the top of the stairs to the high point then boards from the top of the stairs to the ladder to create a platform. Sod that :lol:

http://www.do-it-yourself-help.com/images/stairwell2.jpg

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I am going to decorate my passage
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I would suggest a Gynecologest

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Shengis;5033020

A ladder sloped from near the top of the stairs to the high point then … A ladder sloped from near the top of the stairs to the high point then boards from the top of the stairs to the ladder to create a platform. Sod that :lol:



or like me, stand on banister and pray it doesnt give way

sassie;5033037

or like me, stand on banister and pray it doesnt give way



Sounds about as safe as the proper way to me :w00t:

Shengis;5033020

A ladder sloped from near the top of the stairs to the high point then … A ladder sloped from near the top of the stairs to the high point then boards from the top of the stairs to the ladder to create a platform. Sod that :lol:



That's good advice. Looks complex, but I can confirm that it works

i would fall, and i dont have bannisters

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Shengis;5033048

Sounds about as safe as the proper way to me :w00t:



trust me i was bricking it and when my daughter came in and saw me she nearly had a heart attack on the spot - lol

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Foxy102;5033049

That's good advice. Looks complex, but I can confirm that it works



It works but did you die doing that LOL?

Really I wanted advice on how to join up the 2 colours peoples, other than a border or dado rail

Anyone?

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there is only a border or a dado rail really, go with the border and see if you like

Have you thought about lead strip,like the stuff people put on their windows,I think you can get it in different shades

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ettam123;5033717

Have you thought about lead strip,like the stuff people put on their … Have you thought about lead strip,like the stuff people put on their windows,I think you can get it in different shades



No, sounds interesting :thinking:

If you can get the same brand & colour paint as used before you might get away with just painting the bottom half? Just try a bit and let it dry to see if you can notice it.

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jtx;5034375

If you can get the same brand & colour paint as used before you might get … If you can get the same brand & colour paint as used before you might get away with just painting the bottom half? Just try a bit and let it dry to see if you can notice it.



No, it was painted before we moved in so I don't know what paint was used - also, even the same paint can come out slightly different on different batch numbers. Otherwise, that's what I definitely would have done

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ettam123;5034400

look on this site http://www.decraled.co.uk/70002/info.php?p=13&cat=70017



Wow, that's excellent - thanks!

Dunno whether to go for gold or just go for safe white - does anyone know if you can buy this in any of the high street DIY shops so I could take a looksee?

b&q prob do it or maybe art and craft shops.my sister has this in her kitchen,I think its antique colour with dark grey below and white above,its really nice.

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ettam123;5035212

b&q prob do it or maybe art and craft shops.my sister has this in her … b&q prob do it or maybe art and craft shops.my sister has this in her kitchen,I think its antique colour with dark grey below and white above,its really nice.



Aw, really? I was just trying to find out if it can be used on walls!
Couldn't find it on B&Q website but will try instore on Monday.
Was it definitely the window stuff she used and does it just stick on?
Really really appreciating your help :-D

Mrs.Z;5035529

Aw, really? I was just trying to find out if it can be used on … Aw, really? I was just trying to find out if it can be used on walls!Couldn't find it on B&Q website but will try instore on Monday.Was it definitely the window stuff she used and does it just stick on?Really really appreciating your help :-D



yeah,its got self adhesive backing and you just put it on,looks really good,would use it myself but dont want her to be smug

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ettam123;5035604

yeah,its got self adhesive backing and you just put it on,looks really … yeah,its got self adhesive backing and you just put it on,looks really good,would use it myself but dont want her to be smug


LOL - Love it!

Will try B&Q for sure, thats just the thing I had in mind :-D

I ordered ]this earlier on so if B&Q have the lead then I can look what matches

Word of warning....If it's anything like the lead for windows I'd hate to be the one to have to try putting it up perfectly straight all the way up the stairs:oops:

I spoke to my sister this morning and she said she found it really easy to put up

I'd condider masking tape slightly overlapping the old paint. Then painting the new colour upto the masking tape creating a crisp straight edge (obviously removing the masking tape after painting :w00t:). It would then look as if you intentionally created a unique look.

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jtx;5035680

Word of warning....If it's anything like the lead for windows I'd hate to … Word of warning....If it's anything like the lead for windows I'd hate to be the one to have to try putting it up perfectly straight all the way up the stairs:oops:


Ooh, really? I am the kind of person who will take hours over things like that so I will just have to grin and bare it, I guess :thinking:

ettam123;5037490

I spoke to my sister this morning and she said she found it really easy … I spoke to my sister this morning and she said she found it really easy to put up


Thank you

The Therapist;5037780

I'd condider masking tape slightly overlapping the old paint. Then … I'd condider masking tape slightly overlapping the old paint. Then painting the new colour upto the masking tape creating a crisp straight edge (obviously removing the masking tape after painting :w00t:). It would then look as if you intentionally created a unique look.


This is what I was considering doing but I didn't know if it would look odd, that's why I asked if anyone had actually seen this done before? I was also worried if the paint bled underneath and all that business. At least if I had the lead stuff or something to cover the actual line then it will be much easier to do the line

Use a good quality masking tape that has a clean peel. Paint away from the tape to make sure you don't get paint under the tape. Then after painting remove the tape away from the painted wall at 90 degree angle. This will leave a crisp neat straight line. I've used this method on skirting boards/walls with success.
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