How to makeover a handrail from painted to stained and call it your own. We went from barn red to crisp white and dark stain on the stairs down to the playroom:
I used the same handrail, stripped off all the red paint, applied stain and poly, then reattached with new hardware.
One minor change – there was about 12″ of railing sticking up into midair at the landing? I’m guessing this might have something to do with code but I choose to cut it off:
The vertical paneling on the walls is painted Benjamin Moore gray owl:
And I used standard handrail hardware from Home Depot in oil rubbed bronze:
Getting rid of all that red really makes a huge difference:
The space is finally feeling complete now that the handrail and stairwell is done:
How to makeover the handrail:
1. Remove old handrail and hardware.
Here I cut off about 12″ that was extending too far up onto the landing:
2. Using chemical stripper remove old paint:
3. Sand smooth and hose off:
4. Apply Minwax Jacobean stain:
5. Apply Minwax clear semi-gloss polyurethane, two coats sanding in between:
6. Reinstall with new hardware.