Okay, time to reveal what I have done on my banister so far! Its kinda sad to think that I have been working on this baby for two whole months and I don't even have the whole thing done yet. But, I am still VERY proud of myself. I have done EVERY LITTLE THING all by MYSELF!
Okay, so this is how the banister started out. Just a bright orange color....not my taste :)
I sanded the WHOLE thing down. Actually, not the whole thing, just the left side of it. It took me over 8 hours and I was getting so impatient that I decided to start staining, rather than sand down the other little side. I know, that was kinda dumb of me but I was ready to see some progress!
I chose a dark walnut stain. I didn't realize it would take me two months to get the stain dark enough! The original color was so bright that it took me about eight coats to get it dark enough to cover up the orange. I had to wait two days between each coat because it was still sticky and wouldn't go on smooth if I didn't wait until it was completely dry.
|After the first coat|
|After the second coat|
|After the third coat|
|Then I didn't take any pictures after the next few coats. This was probably after 8 coats|
|I was now ready to tape off the stairs and the wall and prime and paint the spindles and the base.|
And here is the finished product!! Well sorta, I still have to do the other side and up the stairs. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. How bout you?