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A Little Bit of Sanity and A Lot of Chaos: Painted railings.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Painted railings.

I know. I KNOW. Back off.

I said I was going to live with the oak. I know. I KNOW! I couldn't do it any longer. It was making me feel so...dark. And gloomy.

So, over the last few weeks I've slowly but surely painted the railings. I had a lot of them. A bunch.

I started by priming the whole thing with Zinser. I used that because I was at Menard's and that's the brand they have. Usually I use Kilz. But whatev. It worked. Then I started painting it with the white. OH. MY. GAWD. It took stinking forever. I couldn't figure out what to do to make it easier. Because I was so stinkin' annoyed with how long it was taking. I thought about going out and buying a sprayer and using the air compressor (I didn't, but I'm getting one soon....). So then I figured....yep...this is what I figured:

Open the windows and doors.

Put plastic all over everything.

Spray paint the railings.

And so I did. Yes. I. Did. I spray painted my stair railings and it looks Ah-mazing.

Boys weren't home. Doors were open. Aired out very quickly. Awesome.

If you remember, I tore out the carpet from the stairs and stained the pine planks a few months ago. You can read about that process here.


Love those stairs. Then I painted the side runner and that looked amazing too. Just not quite complete.

Here is the after, after (after the first makeover and now after the second one):

I mean seriously. Can you hardly believe the transformation?

Here's a quick look again:

I've still got to fancy up the edges and do some touch up on the walls, but I am in love...

And then I have to get started on the rest of the trim...all over the house...



Blogger Lori said...

Love it! So much better than the oak. I know natural wood people will scream. Looks wonderful.

July 12, 2010 at 6:13 AM  
Blogger Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

The white spindles definitely look better with the treads and risers. What a job! I am thinking of getting a paint sprayer too. I think it would make short work of my projects and a nice finish. I'm going to wait for you to pick one out first!!!

July 12, 2010 at 6:19 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Looks great! How many cans of spray paint does it take to do something like that? I painted all the trim/baseboards in my former house - it took eons but looks really good when done :)

July 12, 2010 at 6:38 AM  
Blogger Mommy of Monkeyshines said...

Amazing...I would have done the same thing...except maybe painted the top railing a darker espresso...I have three boys too and I don't think the white would stay clean! :)

July 12, 2010 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

Ohhh Nice! I love it, much better!

July 12, 2010 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

the oak is pretty- but WOW I love the white, When I saw the pics of the first make over I was so hoping that you would paint it white!
Im glad that after all your hardwork that its SO awesome =]

July 12, 2010 at 7:12 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I'm an oak non-liker and a white trim lover, and I loooooooove this. The before was okay but this is SO MUCH better!

July 12, 2010 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger Annie Wilcox Designs said...

What an amazing transformation. I painted out all of our trim when we moved into this house and the change is more than dramatic.

July 12, 2010 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Oh, my gosh! That just is amazing! It looks so good, and so completely changed!

Well done!

July 12, 2010 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

WOW. I don't even know what else to say. Looks fabulous.

July 12, 2010 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Mama Thompson said...

Glad you decided to jump in...it looks amazing!

July 12, 2010 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger MandeeFoFandee said...

wow, that is one hell of a transformation! I love it! it looks so bright and fresh!

July 12, 2010 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely said...

What a SPECTACULAR staircase!! I bet you're thrilled. Is the hubby coming around about you painting over the precious wood? ;)

July 12, 2010 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

FABULOUS - seriously so much better!!

July 12, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Kacey said...

Sounds like a lot of work - but definitely worth it! Looks beautiful!

July 12, 2010 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Wow! It looks absolutely fabulous!

July 12, 2010 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that looks wonderful! i love how airy and open it makes it feel! and great minds think alike- i just painted my railings and stair risers this weekend. :) haven't shown it yet though as the area needs some tweaking before i am ready. plus my floors need to be refinished. badly. love your staircase!

July 12, 2010 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Carolyn @ life, love & puppy prints said...

It looks FABULOUS! TO die for. Want to come paint all of my oak trim too!?!?!?!? :)

July 12, 2010 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger WineCountryWife said...

I am in LOVE too. You are such an inspiration. Just the thought of that big of a spray paint job right now makes my fingers hurt. I've just finished an dresser and a desk and a bookcase, and my hand is still aching. I thought for sure you had to have an air compressor to make it easier for yourself with all the work you do. . .

July 12, 2010 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger Rau Family Blog said...

Wow! That looks amazing! As you know our house is oak overloaded too! We are STILL refinishing our kitchen cabinets! 5 months after start date and we are half done. I can't wait to show you our finished product. Now, maybe you can come and paint all the trim in my house too :) I am amazed at how quickly you get things done!

July 12, 2010 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger Val said...

Your after is 100 percent fabulous.

July 12, 2010 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Simply A Farmer's Wife said...

Absolutely amazing! I love the transformation.... You did great!

July 12, 2010 at 11:54 PM  
Blogger mnmom said...

WOW! Looks amazing...I love how you always just go for it!

July 13, 2010 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Jami said...

AMAZING! I have to see how you did the steps...I'm hating my carpet!! you have inspired me! I'm your newest follower!


July 14, 2010 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger Anita@GoingALittleCoastal said...

Looks like you and I are in the same painting boat. I have been doing the same and posted about it also. Only I still have stair carpet which was a big pain in the arse. Yours looks great! :)

July 14, 2010 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Completely gorgeous transformation! Your stairs are perfect... I'm still working on convincing the hubster that we should pull up the carpet & paint the stairs... I'm putting your staircase in the PoPP Spotlight on Saturday... have a great weekend!

July 16, 2010 at 10:43 AM  

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