Stairwell Painting Tip

Painting the upper reaches of a stairwell can be a difficult chore. It’s usually fairly high and there’s no good place to set the ladder. Try this:

  1. Set an extension ladder on one of the lower steps and lean the top against the wall opposite the top of the stairs.
  2. Place a small stepladder (six-foot size) on the landing at the top of the stairs.
  3. Run a 2×12 between the rungs of the two ladders so that its level and you’ve created a stairwell scaffolding.

Be sure that the 2×12 is secured to at least one of the ladders with a “C” clamp or similar device. If the span you’ve created is more than eight feet or so you may want to nail a vertical support under the 2×12 at mid-span.

Watch this video to find out more.


  1. i have stairs outside my house. how do i paint the wall of the house above the stairs. there is no way to put the extension ladder against the step like you did in the video.?

  2. Thank you, Thank you and Thank YOU!!! I have done plumbing, electrical and many other tasks in our home. Painting has scared me, because it is so visible to everyone who comes in our home. So , the only way to get over the fear is to paint paint paint and PAINT! And then came the stairwell. I completed it today, with the help of your video, and it looks Amazing! Thank you!!


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