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How to Stain/Paint an Oak Banister (the shortcut method…no sanding needed!)

Our house was built in 2000. I’m pretty sure that was right at the height of using orange oak for trim work, kitchen cupboards, and banisters…..because this house was FULL of it when we moved in. ( Remember the kitchen we overhauled ?? And the window trimming we changed? Oh, and the fireplace mantel and hearth we built ? Yep lots of orange oak. ) I actually like using natural wood pieces in my decor and have nothing against exposed wood. However, the orange-y stain that this house was saturated with, just really made my eyeballs hurt. And you know, some people can create magic and make it work, but for me…..decorating with orange-y oak is such a bugger. Grrrrrr.

So, right after we moved in, we started transforming and/or replacing anything orange. We replaced doors, trim, hardwood floors, window trim, blinds, etc. The last thing to get hacked, was the banister. Mostly because we considered for a long time tearing the whole thing out and building new chunky Cratfsman style Newel Posts, maybe adding iron spindles, possibly tearing out the carpet and installing wood steps, etc. But to really overhaul it, was going to get really expensive and take a lot of time. ( We even had 2 different woodworkers come in and give us a quote for overhauling the whole banister/posts, so we could work on other things. One quoted us $10,000 and the other $14,000. Uhhhh……yeah, no. I mean, really?!?! ) And the more I thought about wood steps, the more I realized that UN-cushioned steps are just not for my family. The kids fall down the stairs all the time. And heck, so do I. Steve has even fallen down them a time or two. So, I realized that wood steps would sure be beautiful…but totally not practical for us.

So, we decided to stain the banister and newel posts (and the wood that runs along the base of the spindles) and to paint each of the spindles a creamy white color. And let me tell you…….for about $50, it turned out...

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