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Staining and Painting an Oak Banister (Flashback Friday)

Updating oak stair rails

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!)
KimSixFixBlog headerAfter 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:
DIY Projects
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:: 
  1. Removed rails
  2. Spray painted hardware
  3. Sanded the rails and balusters
  4. Stained the Rails (with traditional wood stain.. in Minwax Ebony)
  5. Sealed the rails (I used Minwax PolyAcrylic)
  6. Primed the balusters (I used Kilz Premium)
  7. Painted the balusters 
  8. Rehung rails
A SUPER DETAILED tutorial (with lots of photos) can be found here

This is how it turned out:
Oak stair rail makeover
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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