Here is a little project my husband and I tackled during our Christmas break. With all the rain and busy weekdays, it ended up taking a lot longer that we had hoped. But,that’s the case with DIY projects right?!
So like a lot of homes built 20 years ago, you have those wonderful orange color stained cabinets and staircase. We, like many people who adore this orange color so much, decided to update our look. So we took one of our weekend days to sand our orange color banisters down.
Sanding alone made a huge improvement on the look of the banister. But you will notice we didn’t get to sand in all the little crevasses.
Not to worry, we are using a stain gel for the hand rail. Since it is not a penetrating stain, we don’t need to put in so much elbow grease. Which makes me so happy.
Next I take the time to tape all the spindles and the base of of the spindles. Painting the spindles all the way up to the hand rail will be hard enough.
We will eventually replace the carpet. So we took advantage of this time and decided to do the staircase now.
Now we get ready to stain!
We used General Finishes Java Gel Stain, and it was super easy to use. First, my husband put on latex gloves. Then he put an old clean sock over it. Then he dipped his hand in the stain gel and started spreading it on the wood.
Here goes our first coat!
It is actually pretty easy to spread.
First coat done! Now to wait at least 24 hours to spread the next coat.
We ended up doing 3 coats to get good coverage and a deep rich color.
Now we are ready for polyurethane! We decided to use Minwax brand Polyurethane and cautiously brushed on 1 coat. No sanding! It will make it cloudy. You want to have the gloss finish.
After this, we took off the tape on the top of the spindles and got ready to paint them white. That too took 3 coats to get a nice bright white.
Here is our first coat of white paint. Notice how we kept the tape at the base of the spindles. (sorry for the poor phone picture)
Here she is complete!
Not bad for a couple DIY project!
I hope this inspires you to start a home improvement project. I know it takes time and energy, but there is something to be said about the bonding of husband and wife on a project like this.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men”Colossians 3:23