I couldn’t stand to look at my oak banister one more day. During our Spring Break, I decided I would paint it “real fast!”
I don’t know about you, but every project I do, it seems to take more time than I ever thought it would! This one was definitely worth it though!! Originally, I thought about painting it all white, but I know how many people go up and down our stairs. I also know how much of a clean freak I am and wouldn’t be able to rest if I saw finger prints. I decided to stain the banister and paint the spindles.
For those of you that want to paint your railing, I will try to break down each step.
The first thing I did was clean all the wood.
Next, I sanded. This took the longest. It took hours and hours! At this point I looked around my house and saw all the dust from the sander and decided I was crazy for tackling this project.
After I sanded, then I stained the banister. You will want to stain first. I added about 3 coats to get complete coverage. I used Miniwax in Ebony, since that is what I had on hand from my coffee table makeover. You will want to make sure you wait for each coat of stain to dry before adding the next coat.
After the stain was applied, I primed the spindles. I used Kilz Premium. I love how it covers. Originally, I wanted to paint the posts white, but once I got the primer on it, I didn’t like the white with the dark banister. Not good! I had to strip all the paint off of the post. I’ve decided that stripping paint isn’t much fun! After all the paint was stripped, I stained the posts.
I added 2 coats of primer. I didn’t want to tape any of my newly stained parts so I used an artists paint brush and painted very carefully around the top of the spindles.
After the primer is dry, you can paint. I painted 2 coats.
I added polyurethane to the stained areas for added protection. Do not add it to the white. It will turn the white yellow.
I love how it turned out!