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?
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?