I have 3 DIY projects I really want to do in our home and the others all just are part of updating, lol!
One is the DIY staircase makeover, I can’t stand the golden oak, not at all!
When we built the home, we were told that this staircase is standard in all the homes built by the builder.
Can I just say, ‘Liar, Liar pants on fire!’ because our neighbors home a few doors up has iron and wood, and others have wood and open sides.
The builder was difficult, to begin with, and they were building a neighborhood, not A HOME.
So, since the first day we moved in, the DIY Staircase Makeover with gel stain and iron balusters is all that has been on my mind.
I am in the midst of one of 3 DIY’s that I have so badly wanted to do!
Today, I’ll give you an overview of what I am doing and who my sponsors are.
While it might seem like a huge project, the reality is, it’s not bad at all!
Now I can share my DIY staircase makeover with you! Ready!
DIY Staircase Makeover
No, I did not pay someone to come and do this.
I priced it around and well, just to stain the banister, a few wanted over $1000.
Then asking to do the banisters and baluster painting triple that!
Knowing I am a DIY kind of gal, I took matters into my own hands, and I am so glad I did!
Watch my video it will absolutely be the tell-all of what I am doing.
In short, the banister is staying, and the balusters are leaving.
Also, Goodbye to the Golden Honey color.
I’ve never liked it as it does not match with all of our dark furniture and mirrors and other fixtures room to room.
The object is to make the floor plan flow and look continuous, not disjointed.
GEL STAIN ~ DIY Staircase Makeover
You all have come to depend on my DIY’s to share the truth about a product.
If it’s not on my website, I’ve ruled it out as ‘Not something I would personally prefer to use’
Therefore, seeing that I am using General Finishes should clue you in that this is the GEL STAIN Brand you want to use.
The quality of the product is crazy good and if you watch their step by step videos, what they show is what it is.
You can see how to do this on their website and it will actually work exactly the same when you go to do it.
Further, their color options, and ability to mix and make it your own, is another reason to choose General Finished.
In a new post, (after I am done) I will show you how to Gel Stain and the steps I took to prepare my rail and woodwork.
We are using Java and Antique Walnut Gel Mixed together.
CIAO TO THE WOOD BALUSTERS
As for the balusters, ‘see ya, wouldn’t want to be yah!’
I’ve hated these every single day of my life.
Not one of them was stained right by the contracted painters who worked for the builder.
Some were rough and some were glossy and some were not.
Plus, really golden honey?
So, bye wood baluster!
We are installing the slickest invention ever made (IMO) Ole Iron Slides™
Find them at Stair Parts USA.
You will totally want to replace your balusters when you see how easy this is!
Stay Tuned …
I will share separate posts of how to gel stain over an already stained surface.
Additionally, I will show the prep behind it as well as the process of staining (it’s easy!)
Then I will show you how to take out your old balusters and install new ones!
All very doable and affordable.