Finally! It is the word that I have been saying with a smile since we finished our most recent DIY. FINALLY! We have a stairway handrail! Three years after we intended on installing a railing, we finally prioritized it to the top of our list and made it happen. I suppose all of those years of anticipation are contributing to my excitement that it is officially checked off of the list. Finally.
When we first moved into our home 14 years ago, our stairs to the lower level were covered in berber carpet. I remember pulling up that carpet and feeling a super-sized amount of surprise in regards to the amount of dirt and dust and hair that was trapped in the original carpet fibers.
We prepped the bare stair bones for their new life as real wood stairs, and installed beautifully stained treads and white painted risers. We also added a board and batten treatment up the walls to match the new steps.
We had quite a few ideas for the railing, but couldn’t seem to settle on the exact design we were after. Then, we realized that we would be moving sofas from upstairs to downstairs and from downstairs to upstairs and decided it would be OK to wait to install the railing until after all of our furniture moving was done. Then, we sort of just forgot and put it off and realized we weren’t missing what we didn’t have. But hello! That is not OK because homes should have a proper railing installed with their stairs as part of the building code. Shame on us.
So the first order of DIY business on our list this year was to get the railing done! We had a few hurdles, but I am thrilled with the final result.
Here are the supplies we ended up using to achieve the final railing outcome:
- Unfinished Railing: We used a 14’ unfinished oak rail (which matched the original oak treads we installed)
- Railing Brackets: We went with these oil rubbed bronze brackets (which received a gold leaf treatment)
- Corner Braces
- Finishing Nails
- Nail Set
- Miter Box: We used our electric miter saw but the less expensive version should also work just as well
- Stain: We selected Varathane Dark Walnut
- Polyurethane: We selected Varathane Triple Thick
- Paint/Stain Brush
- Stud Finder: Although I already found my stud (sorry, couldn’t resist), we needed to locate studs for the railing hardware
Paired with lovely new white moulding and risers!
And the view from the top:
You have also officially seen our fifty shades of Quiet Moments. I am thinking of turning it into a film…
I love that this project not only has created a safer home for us and our guests, but the new paint really freshened everything back up; the entire area feels so bright and new! The boys have already tested the strength of the railing, our youngest still believes he is part monkey after all. And that railing didn’t budge, and I don’t think it will for many, many years to come.
So YAY! A project that took us far too long to finish is finally a wrap. And so is this post! What’s the longest a project has been on your home “to do” list?
from IHeart Organizing http://www.iheartorganizing.com/2016/02/do-it-yourself-stairway-handrail.html