11 November 2011

Banister Redo!

Well hey there, hope your week is going good. So far so good for me except I hurt my back :(  AND I have no clue how I did it. Probably moving something heavy. It's crazy I tell ya!

Anyway, I dabbled in some uneasy waters, and have been for a few days now. All I can say is my house smells lovely right now!

This uneasy water that I speak of is stripping of wood and staining of wood. My banister in particular. We had some really nice days last week and this week. Nice enough to open doors and windows for a while. So I decided to take the plunge..........

I'm really happy with the results, but I can't reveal the entire space because I have a few more things to "touch up". But here's a sneak peak... :)

Before:


I may have mentioned before, the people that built my house must have been color blind or maybe just blind!  Who knows. But yes, this ugly thing is almost as orange as the flowers in my pumpkin... 

Pretty Bad, I must say so myself. I've walk buy it everyday and think, WHY, WHY. Who would pick this ugly color. So, I decided to take a stab at it. I stink at stripping ;). I mean wood people, please! I digress, really I stink at it. But this time it didn't go as bad as I thought. I guess the trick is to READ the label, get the right stripper for your project, DUH!

After about 50 coats of stripper, well maybe 3. It started to come off, then it started to get everywhere. You don't even want to know. DO NOT get it on your skin, it burned me :(.

But I like the results, and you know what they say, beauty hurts!

What do you think? Its not completely done but like I said I will reveal the entire space later on!

After:



Obviously I have the back of the stairs to finish and the rail. When I do the rail I will have a tutorial post.

We were thinking about ripping up the carpet and staining the stairs?  Can we do this? Have you done this? Please help me!

Have a great day, and a great weekend!

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7 comments:

Strawberries and Sweet Love said...

What a difference that made, and well worth the smell =). Looks great!

Andrea@ourbluefrontdoor said...

Oh my, it looks great! I am amazed at how white looks and just pops. We have the same wood banister and I would LOVE to do the same thing, but my hubby says no. Keep up the great work, it looks great and yes I think you could easily rip out the carpet and stain the stairs.

Have a great weekend,
Andrea

Kim said...

Sure made a big difference and it looks great!

Allyson Pecilunas said...

It looks great! I would love to do this in my house but its my husbands parents house so I would have to ask but yours turned out great! I am your newest follower. Stop by and check me out if you get a chance.

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Gwen @ The Bold Abode said...

I am chomping at the bit to do this to my bannister, but that would so end up having a domino effect...the stairs, the handrail...Maybe I can just paint it...or just rip it out and leave stair-climbers to their own peril...hahahaha...

Becky@DoodleBug said...

Wow, the wood that was hidden under that old stain is gorgeous! As for the carpet--I love a white riser and a stained tread. You may want to peek under your carpet before going all-in, though, because your treads may not be solid wood under there. If they are, though, Hooray for you, I would go for it!

Kammy Wielenga said...

wow, looks so great! I say.... GO FOR IT! Rip out the carpet! Paint the floor underneath, stain it, anything! It would be fabulous! :)

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