How to reach very tall ceilings in a staircase?

We want to redo the ceiling, light fixture, take down an ugly border, and paint. It is very tall! We are not sure what we can do to reach it since it is in a staircase...

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  • Jacquie Jacquie on Mar 25, 2018
    I use my pool brush!
  • Rent ladders and scaffolding from any tool rental shop. Rent extra long paint poles too. Just be very careful. Or, hire out the stairwell portion of the project to a local painter and electrician.
  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 25, 2018
    I think Naomie is right on. If you are the least bit skeptical about doing this portion of painting yourself, err on the side of safety and hire it out. Maybe there is a painting school in your area or maybe Angies List. Just be sure they are licensed and bonded in case anything happens.
  • Jcraw Jcraw on Mar 25, 2018
    Absolutely listen to Naomi’s suggestion. BUT, before planning to do it yourself, go to or or, or similar sites. Get estimates from accredited professionals and then weigh what your time (and possible injury) is worth. Negotiate cost by offering yourself as a helper, so next time you’ll know. Just a thought from an old lady.
  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 25, 2018
    Rent scaffolding from a reputable equipment rental place, and have them set it up.
  • Janice Janice on Mar 26, 2018
    Often it is actually more cost effective to have a professional do the work. They have the appropriate tools and accessories and experience. Nearly any type of project involving scaffolding, etc. will take the novice longer to do than if you have all the changes chosen and then have the pro's do the actual work.
  • Cindy Cindy on Mar 26, 2018
    Thanks all, I actually found a way to do it on YouTube once you all suggested scaffolding!
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