When we moved in our house I had no issue with our banisters. In fact I really liked them. But as all upgrades go, when you make one change you often end up having to make a lot.
When we redid our entryway flooring, we noticed how terrible our carpet looked. Then when we replaced the old carpet with laminate flooring, we saw how much our oak banisters stuck out like a sore thumb against the dark wood boards. It started to bother me more and more, but replacing our entire banister (which is ginormous and pretty much goes on forever), I started trying to think of some way to still make them “fit” with our home without paying thousands of dollars.
I was reluctant at first to paint them for a few reasons. The first major reason was the work involved. I reflected back on our kitchen cabinet makeover and how many months we plugged along on that project, and how many coats of paint it required! Yikes. But after my more recent experience using the paint with primer already mixed in on a few furniture pieces, I thought it could be possible to do this rather quickly.
My second hesitation was how a painted railing would look versus a stained rail. But after Pinteresting and Googling pictures of others who did the same thing I came to the conclusion that I liked the final result and was willing to give it a try. It was simply unacceptable in my artist’s eye to endure this eye sore for any longer. Call me a snob.
This project seriously took us about 5 hours. Only one coat of paint plus touch ups were required. And no, we didn’t sand. Ask me in a few months how it’s holding up.
The cost of this project? Whatever a quart of paint with primer cost. I can’t remember. Maybe $10? The best thing about this paint is it is so ultra smooth. We can’t even see brush strokes. It truly turned out amazing.
We also have lots of paint left over for touch ups. Overall, definitely worth spending a Saturday afternoon working on!