Updating staircase

Luckily I saw a post from my friend Brooke on a fabulous DIY Staircase Makeover.She recommended General Finishes stain, and oh my gosh do I love that stuff now! Brook outlined all the steps she went through, so you should check out her post.I had to do a few things differently because where her spindles were already white, I had to paint mine.

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Supplies: (contains affiliate links) -Fine grit sandpaper/ sanding sponges (I used 150 and 220 grit) –Tack Cloth –Painters Tape -Latex gloves (several pairs) –General Finishes Java Gel Stain –General Finishes Gel Topcoat -Old t-shirts, rags, or socks -A few cheap paintbrushes for stain -Primer -White paint (I used Behr paint and primer in one) -High quality brush for paint (I love Purdy Brushes) Instructions: -First you want to sand the entire banister.

You don’t have to take off all the finish, but you want to remove any glossy parts, or places where the finish is thick.

You want the new stain to be able to get into the wood.

-After you are finished sanding, you need to wipe off ALL of the dust.

I like to suck it up with a vacuum first, then use tack cloth to get every particle of dust. You are going to stain first, so you need to tape off everything you don’t want to get stain on. Make sure you wipe off the excess as you are going, before it has a chance to dry!

Now it’s time to apply the General Finishes Java Gel Stain. I started out using just old t-shirts, but I was having a hard time getting stain into all those cracks and crevices. After your final coat of stain is dry, it’s time to apply the topcoat.

I started using cheap paintbrushes I had on hand, and it went much faster!! After the first coat it looks pretty crappy, but don’t get discouraged. I did two coats on most of the areas, but three coats on the top of the railing that I knew would get more wear.

I’m sure you noticed that I haven’t posted many projects lately. Ten years later, I felt like I was drowning in oak.

I am hoping to change that up this year by actually finishing the things I started in 2014. So much work, but so much fabulousness after that I am soooo glad I did it. I painted our cabinets, got rid of our oak furniture, and had our oak floor replaced.

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