It is Friday again! I didn't have a mid-week post this week because I was busy working on my new project gallery at the top of this page (if you are reading this on a mobile phone or via a reader, you should TOTALLY click over and check out the full version!)After 5 years of blogging, there were just too many projects for my old galleries (which felt like they scrolled on and on and on..) So I broke them down into the following general categories:
and of course, the ever popular Home Tour.
Most of those categories are broken down into smaller sub-categories, which should make finding what you are looking for, a lot easier (I hope.)
At this point there 90% of my old projects have been put into their proper galleries.. I do have a few left to enter (and will need to constantly update as I go along) but they are complete enough to start browsing.
If you find any broken,missing or misdirected links, please let me know. My readers are my best only copy-editors.
Now, it's time for this week’s revived post:
In January 2012 I decided I could no longer stomach a staircase of pure oak. The treads were oak, the risers were oak, the hand rail was oak and the balusters were oak. TOO MUCH OAK!
So I decided to stain the rails dark and paint the balusters white.
The condensed version::
- Removed rails
- Spray painted hardware
- Sanded the rails and balusters
- Stained the Rails (with traditional wood stain.. in Minwax Ebony)
- Sealed the rails (I used Minwax PolyAcrylic)
- Primed the balusters (I used Kilz Premium)
- Painted the balusters
- Rehung rails
A SUPER DETAILED tutorial (with lots of photos) can be found here.
This is how it turned out:
Please forgive the cat’s photobomb. That is a rookie blogger mistake!
I did this project more than 2 years ago, and I had some people ask me how it held up (since there are tons of grungy little fingers touching the rail and it gets a TON of wear and tear.)
I can honestly say (besides the dust that has accumulated on it) it looks as good today as it did the day I painted it. You can see the rails here in my post about the baby gate.. They are still gorgeous dark brown.. no scuffs or scratches.
Since I already had the trim paint and spray paint for the hardware, the only thing I purchased for this project was $5 can of stain. I think it is my absolute FAVORITE five-dollar project EVER. I use it everyday, and it still looks great. And it makes me sooooo happy when I look at it. I just really hated all that oakiness. It may not be for everyone, but I love it!
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