Advice for Finishing the Underside of a Metal Staircase?

Advice for Finishing the Underside of a Metal Staircase?

Aaron Able
Jul 22, 2009

Q - I just moved into an old warehouse in Brooklyn. The building is still being renovated and most of the apartment is finished except for an old stairwell about 12' x 25' and goes up about 30', with all brick walls. The room has a very cool large metal staircase that leads to the roof with 2 landing pads, one larger than the other (I plan on putting wood flooring on each.) I've already done most of the work on the brick walls (sanding and scrubbing), but I am not sure what to do about the bottom/underside of the metal staircase?

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The roof of the stairwell is one giant skylight and had missing windows at one time, so over the years the metal has rusted (beyond repair in some parts). I am looking for an affordable way of covering the underpart in an interesting way . This should help to stop the rust from flaking everytime I walk up and down the stairs. I was thinking about using reclaimed wood strips, (like in the last image from the Ace Hotel) but I don't know where to find this in NYC. I am also open to suggestions. Thanks, Eric

Editor - What a cool space! Who has advice for Eric?

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