So it's been a few days. I've cleared out the hallway completely and it's ready to go.
Being that I am the world's most impatient person when a DIY task is at hand... I plugged in the handheld Mouse sander and got to work. You know... just to see how well it worked.
I must say that when one's partner pops into the hardware store and buys one a power tool, I would say that's a good indication one has the green light to proceed. no? Nonetheless, I did the old Hail Mary crossing my chest thing, tied a tea towel bandana style around my face and began sanding the stair railings. I started on the flat parts of the railing only to find the mouse doesn't fit between them. ergh. Then discovered that the sander did a little better job on the corners and sticky out bits than I liked. grrrmph. Then realized there's about 15 more of these rails to do. ugh.
This is going to take a while.
I'm going to need more sandpaper.
Oh and we're getting the wallpaper steamer majigger thing tomorrow. wheee! We're on a timeline for the wallpaper removal so sanding will have to wait for later.