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Has anyone painted their railing? Any tips on how to do it easily? Here is a picture of our oak railing- I'm thinking of painting the spindles off-white and the actual railing black. Thoughts? Tips? We are in the midst of painting the walls a light taupe colour. (you can see the sample swatches on the left) :)

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chatterbox wrote:
Can I get away with not sanding first on our oak stairs? If so which kind of paint would do the job? I ask because am trying to avoid all the work involved in sanding the stairs

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I'm not sure if you could get away without sanding them using a different kind of paint....
BUT, I only sanded very roughly and quickly - it literally took me only about 30 minutes to sand the whole thing and it didn't really make a mess. Then just a quick wipe-down with a damp cloth to get rid of the dust and I was ready to go!

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chatterbox

Can I get away with not sanding first on our oak stairs? If so which kind of paint would do the job? I ask because am trying to avoid all the work involved in sanding the stairs

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Thanks for the complements everyone!

We chose BM Cloud White in oil-based satin finish for the spindles, and the posts and railing are BM Black in oil-based high gloss finish. I chose oil-based paint because the wood was quite rough oak, and it helped to fill in a lot of the wood grain and hide the brush strokes.

To prep - I just lightly sanded with 150 grit sandpaper, then primed with Para Indoor/Outdoor white and grey tinted primer. For the whole project I used a couple good old paint brushes - suitable for oil paint of course. First I did all the white - I used a putty knife around the bases of the spindles to push down the carpet and paint around them because there was no way to tape given the carpet. Then, when all the white was done, I taped around the top of each spindle to protect them when I painted black colour under the railing. The only issue I had was dripping the black/grey primer on the beige carpet because it was quite runny. Anyone know how to get dark oil paint out of carpet?? :rolleyes:

Other than that, it just took a lot of patience, time, and the ability to deal with all the paint supplies laying around for 2 weeks while I finished.

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abbey designs

Looks great - what colours did you end up going with?

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chatterbox

JMac11 wrote:
I finally finished - and we love it! It took me about 25 hours....
Here are the before and after photos. Now i just need the right bench to go along the horizontal railing to complete the hallway.

JMAC11...that is absolutely gorgeous, what paints did you use and do you have any advice for me?

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JMac11

Thanks! I still can't get over the change it made in the hallway - totally different look and it lightened the whole area too.

The spindles are BM Cloud White in oil-based satin finish, and the posts and railing are BM Black in oil-based high gloss finish. I chose oil-based paint because the wood was quite rough oak, and it helped to fill in a lot of the wood grain and hide the brush strokes.

On to the next home project...

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JMac11

I finally finished - and we love it! It took me about 25 hours....
Here are the before and after photos. Now i just need the right bench to go along the horizontal railing to complete the hallway.

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sweetie wrote:
We painted ours a year or two ago. A long project but definately worth it.
You will love it when you're done. We used BM black bean soup and BM cloud white.
I've attached a before and after.

Very nice :applaud: Just out of curiousity, what is that colour on your wall?

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Hi! I've sanded and primed it all, but haven't actually painted yet. It was easier and quicker than I thought. We have 48 spindles, 4 posts and I had to paint the riser things on the side too and to do the priming and sanding took me about 3-4 hours. Because I couldn't really tape around the carpet at the bottom of the spindles and sides of the stairs, I used a putty knife and pressed down the carpet and then painted. It worked really well for a clean edge and was so much faster than taping it all. The hard part is going to be doing the black part - I'll have to tape around the top of each spindle under the hand railing.... I'll post a pic when I'm all done - hopefully by the end of this weekend.

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JMac11

Thanks for the tips, I'll have a look at the Farrow and Ball colours. Yes, unfortunately we're keeping the carpet for now until we can afford put in an alternative. Any suggestions for an inexpensive way of removing the carpet and getting that wood with carpet runner look?

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