This was an easy and inexpensive weekend project that made a dramatic difference in my home. This railing is the first thing you see when you walk into the house and there is a lot of it. I decided to keep the project quick and easy and only stain the top rail. It was a smooth flat surface that was easy to strip and sand.
I am very sensitive to chemicals, so I was very happy to find this product. I didn't think it would be as effective as a more harsh smelling stripper, but it worked great and I didn't get a migraine!
This is my husband easily stripping away the old varnish.
After stripping and sanding the top railing, we applied 3 coats of Minwax espresso stain.
The stain we used also sealed, but we wanted the railing to be very durable since it is used a lot.
We applied 3 coats of oil based polyurethane with a cheap foam brush (I hate cleaning oil based products out of brushes).
For the rest of the railing, we cleaned and lightly sanded it. There was a lot of railing, so we didn't do a great job sanding, but the primer we used claims to stick to all surfaces without sanding. We painted 1 coat of primer and 2 coats of semi-gloss paint. I bought the highest quality paint I could find for this project.
Banister with 1 coat of primer.
When you are looking for a home, never let an ugly banister or outdated cabinets deter you from buying. Paint can fix almost anything and can increase the value of your home. It's such a simple fix! Sometimes even newly built homes can have features you don't like. The most important thing is finding a home that has a good layout and is in a good location; everything else can easily be changed.
Speaking of great locations, who wouldn't want to live close to the beach!
In Perth, Lend Lease has display village you may want to check out.