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Old 10-27-2014, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Hi,
I'm wondering if anyone has udpated their banister/staircase? I'm not handy or crafty, but I wondered if it would be cheaper to just replace the entire banister and spindles, or restain them to something more modern? they are the tired, tan oak color right now.
any tips would be appreciated! thanks!
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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The "cheapest" update I've ever seen-
Open staircase with oak handrail and white colonial balusters- the white balusters were painted flat black. Gave the "wrought iron" look for less than $25.

I've done a few conversions- wood balusters to wrought iron. Not exceptionally hard, just need the right tools.

Starting to see a lot of glass panel replacing balusters- can only imagine that cost!
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:54 AM
 
Location: A tropical island
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My friend painted her oak banister white. Really brightened the area up.
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Old 10-28-2014, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Utah
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Any ideas/help here?
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Can you post a photo? I think it depends a lot on what the balusters are shaped like. If they are a good shape, you could get away with something like K'ledgeBldr's suggestion re: flat black paint. That's a really clever idea of a very inexpensive and pretty easy change. Or if the banisters are dark enough to make a nice contrast, you could paint the balusters white, if you like that look.
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Meggett, SC
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We stained ours darker. It was quite easy. We also changed over from carpet to oak treads. Was just a matter of sanding the bannister, staining, and new poly. Also had to paint the spindles because they were a pretty dirty looking off white before.

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Old 10-29-2014, 10:32 AM
 
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Wrought iron info in this thread
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