What’s with all the cryptic Facebook posts and tweets ?! The short answer is that the farmhouse is finally getting it’s large spiral staircase.
The staircase arrived in pieces back in May – primarily because a deal is a deal and I had to order it back in February and I could not delay delivery any longer. So, it has sat on a pallet in the workshop for 6 months … all 1100 lbs of it !
The entire process started with finding an automotive restoration shop to find where they get their shop supplies. As luck would have it, I found a hot rod shop that branched out to sell the paints they used on their projects.
They matched the color chip I brought in and worked with me for the other supplies – white primer, catalyst, hardener, strainers, mixing cups, bonding agent, and other incidental supplies.
For the uninitiated, let’s just say a gallon of automotive paint runs about $100 and by the time you add a gallon of primer and the necessary additives, the materials swelled past $350. To be honest, that’s actually a pretty good deal but it’s still a bit of sticker shock when you have not done it for a while.
I planned to start over my end-of-year holiday break. But I got sick, then the weather turned too cold to paint, then I had business travel. Finally, this week I was home, healthy, and warm (well, warm enough).
I prep over my lunch break and shoot primer just before dinner. I have just enough time to shoot the finish color and let it harden before the shop drops below the safe temperature.
Another note for the uninitiated, these paint systems have "windows" of time between coats. Where as your typical house paint has minimum drying times, automotive epoxies and enamels have maximum times. If you cant get the finish color over the primer before the allotted time, you have to shoot primer again to reset the clock.
Anyway, over the past few evenings, I’ve managed all of the risers and the top platform along with the base plate, top cap, and one section of the top rail. I still have the 270 degree radius perimeter rail at the top of the stairs, all 52 balusters, and the hand rail. … the fun never ends here on the Salmon Farm !