Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Railing redo

About a week ago, I shared the story of my kitchen makeover. While I was happy with how the kitchen turned out, I realized that after the floor went down, my honey oak railings that went just great with the old kitchen no longer matched ANYTHING! Anything but the table that I long to replace (remember I mentioned I am an unemployed nurse?=N.O. money). Hmmmm...maybe someday. We briefly entertained the thought of completely replacing the railings and again ran into the money issue. Sooooo, painting here I come!

This was no small job. I had to sand, stain, poly, prime, and paint to achieve a finish product. Here is the before:

I really wish I had documented this all with better pictures. It was very apparent how bad these railings looked when they were right next to the floor.

Here's how the hard work paid off:

In detail, I sanded everything, and did a very through job on the railing as I planned on restaining. I stained the railing with Minwax's Ebony stain (2 coats), then put another 2 coats of Minwax high gloss poly on, and sanded with steel wool in between coats.

Next, I primed the posts with two coats of white Behr primer, and finally gave the posts two coats of semi-gloss Behr ultra-white to match the rest of the trim in my home that has been recently painted. Here's the view of the family room railing:

Oooo0h it is sooo muuuch better! It's like the frosting on the cake. One more pic of the living room railing(still need to touch up the wall paint - don't look):

I also now have all of the materials I need to remake that ugly light box from the old kitchen into a headboard, I just have to get up the guts to go out to my 20 something degree garage to work on it, uuuugggh! I know I'm a spoiled brat.;)

I linked this post up to several sites...take a look! There is so much creativity out there! L.O.V.E. it!

The DIY Show Off


  1. Beautiful! That rail looks smooth enough to slide down. Good job!

  2. Your hard work really paid off! The finished project is gorgeous!

  3. Thank you for the positive comments, Ellie and Amanda! I'm flattered! Byron.....you better not try sliding down these railings...I will never get the boys to stop after they see you!

  4. You guys are amazing!! I love it can't wait to see it in June.


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