Life with the P's

A young couple living life – remodeling, diy projects, and everything in between!

Staircase is Done!

This is the before and after post for the staircase. We stripped and re-stained all of the oak handrail and baluster posts. Then, we painted every.single.spindle by hand with primer and semi-gloss white. Then we painted all of the spindle bases and trim. I think we have clocked at least 40 hours on the staircase between the both of us. At least 4o, probably more. The stain we used was a combination of Minnwax’s Aged Oak and Bombay Mahogany. We put one coat of Aged Oak on first, then 2 coats of Bombay Mahogany and sealed it with varnish. Not sure if the Aged Oak actually had any part in the final color, but it is what we used. We also repainted everything – ceiling and all walls. The beige-y color everywhere is Sherwin William’s Beach House.

We painted the living room and entry before blog days, but here are a couple of  pictures of the scaffolding we rented from Home Depot. So much fun. NOT!

We wanted metal spindles because they are awesome. Hands down. But the cost of them is not awesome and we are trying to spend money wisely on this house. Some things we buy are for personal preference, yes, but we couldn’t justify spending over $1k for new spindles when the ones that are there are just fine. Also, we can always upgrade this later if we change our minds. Without any more rambling, here are the pictures…

Here are some progress pictures…

And here are the finished pictures…

It looks so much better! Much more up-to-date. We are really happy with how it turned out!

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