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White Spindle Staircase

CCF's picture

Is there a secret to painting oak spindles on a stairscase in white without having the pores show?...or a least minimize the pores from showing?

Have anyone done this with oak? Does it look aweful when painted white?

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DIYwantabe's picture

Looks good and thanks for the pictures. We are looking at painting the spindles as well and appreciate the advice on the type of paint!

JMac11's picture

No, tape didn't work - it doesn't stick on the carpet well and makes it hard to get right to the bottom of the spindles.

SO, what I did was take a smaller putty knife in one hand and a paintbrush in the other. With the putty knife I pressed the carpet and out of the way, and then painted the base of the spindle. Just be sure not to over-load the brush with too much paint because when the carpet springs back up after removing the putty knife the paint will get on it....

Good luck!

papads3's picture

Your staircase looks fabulous!

How did you paint the bottom of the spindles without getting paint on the carpet? Was tape enough?

CCF's picture

Thank you. You're information will help me a great deal.

JMac11's picture

Nope, we only painted the railing/spindles, the walls, and the mirror frame. Isn't it amazing what a little paint can do?

JMac11's picture

Welcome to the forum CCF! I just recently painted our oak railing and spindles and it greatly improved the look of our hallway - I would totally recommend it!!

To minimize the grainy texture of the oak showing through the paint - it was recommended to me that I use oil-based (alkyd) paint. It dries very slowly which allows the paint to slowly fill in the grain of the wood as well as eliminate any brush strokes. This worked perfectly for my project.

Here is the thread from my experience: [url][/url]

Also, here are my before and after photos:

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