I have never liked our banister - never.
I remember thinking it was ugly the first time we toured the house.
We always planned on redoing it.
I wanted something like this.
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When those waned in favor, I wanted wrought iron.
Three kids, 5 cars, college....
The list could go on and on.
I chose to ignore the banister.
I flat out chose not to notice it anymore.
When I finished altering my mantel, I tried to figure out how I could add lumber to the newel posts.
I couldn't figure it out.
I thought about getting the carpenter out to see what he could do but other projects were more pressing.
Ignore, ignore, ignore.
I tried to make it darker with stain a few weeks ago but I could still see the orange when the sun moved to the back side of the house.
I could not stop obsessing about this stairway.
I started seeing all these wonderful banisters dripping with swags of garland.
They were white!
Even though I knew this would be a job, I decided to bite the bullet and go for it.
It was as bad as I thought. Getting in all the nooks was tedious. I had to look at it from all different angles to make sure I got it all. Just when I thought I got it all, I would see a spot I missed. What a bizarre way to build a banister but
Bill says it was cheaper to build it this way.
The color is Sherwin Williams, White Duck in a Satin Oil Base Enamel.
It looks cottage or Farmhouse instead of Craftsman or 80s Mission Revival. Yeah!
I love it.
I don't have to ignore, ignore, ignore!
Are you wondering why I didn't do this to begin with?
I'll tell you.
About 15 years ago our neighbors painted their cabinets and banister white.
I didn't like it in their space because it looked cold.
But they had white tile floors, white walls, red leather sofas and a red brick hearth. I don't even think they had window treatments.
There was no warmth or softness in the space.
I was left with such a negative impression that for years I wouldn't even consider painting ours.
It is a relief to have this project behind me except for the little bit upstairs.
I can't wait to decorate it for Christmas.
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