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Help with staircase
jasonkorffNovember 19, 2012
When I bought this house, the staircase end post and top post were part stained, part white. I decided to try and paint them white. Now I'm not too sure. Any ideas?
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
It's time to get out your paintbrush again, and two cans of paint, one black and one white. Take a look at what was done in the house below.
3 Likes    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 7:10PM
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Re|Structure Design-Build, LLC
I would recommed you continue with painting the posts white. To my eye, the scale of the balusters is a bit heavy for this staircase. Keeping things simple will help with this situation.
    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 7:11PM
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jasonkorff
Where does the black paint come in? Do you think chair rail would dress up the wall?
    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 7:15PM
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jasonkorff
I'm sorry. Not chair rail, but wainscoting.
    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 7:16PM
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jasonkorff
Thanks for the help! Any ideas on paint? I put a coat of behr extra bright semi gloss, but it seems too bright. Thinking of heading to sherwin Williams to get a can of white instead of ultra white.
1 Like    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 7:19PM
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Re|Structure Design-Build, LLC
Yes, I think toning down the white a shade, like you are proposing, is a good idea.
    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 7:33PM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Sherwin-Williams Creamy is a nice off white.
1 Like    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 6:47AM
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Chambers
Well...I'm going to disagree with the others and suggest painting the newel posts dark. Leave the balusters white as they are, but do the newels (the top and bottom posts) dark. I think it would add some drama to the entry. And think about another handrail on the wall, even if you have to do it later; it's too "Home Depot" looking in your nice entry...maybe even a wrought iron rail with beautiful brackets would be nice. Peruse entries on this site and see what strikes your fancy...but I like the idea of dark rather than light.
    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 7:07AM
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joanjean1
I agree with chambers. Dark newel post. The floating rail on the left going up looks really bad. Can you continue the rail on the right rather than the floating rail. Also the balusters are chunky and the alternating length at the base looks weird.
    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 7:31AM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Back to Jason's question about wainscoting. No, I do not think it's necessary. As for the black that I mentioned, it was an idea for the handrail, not the balusters.
    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 7:37AM
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jasonkorff
Thanks for the suggestions. I darkened the white and it's starting to look a bit better. I'll add another picture. As for the idea of darkening the top and bottom, would you suggest doing that with stain or paint? My whole house is Brazilian cherry hardwoods except for this room, same color as the floor on the stairs. I can't extend the railing on right further because the wall ends at the top. I have a wood worker matching the handrail on the left to the same railing on the right. The guy I bought the home from must have run out of money or something because he didn't care to match the left side handrail or the rail at the top of my stairs to this railing at the bottom. My wife thinks I'm crazy for caring so much about this, but this is my new winter project. Gotta have one!
    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 9:29AM
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joanjean1
jason, this is what I meant i can take a better/more recent pic of the stairs it curves around the wall at the landing.
    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 5:34PM
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jasonkorff
Joan, here are some updated photos, showing the latest paint addition using Sherwin Williams basic white. Also, this is a good angle showing how the wall on the top of the stairs stops and turns into another railing. Crazy design - trying to make the most of it. Thanks for the help and ideas!
    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 5:51AM
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joanjean1
Jason, I have attached a link to a staircase. Finish the floating rail on the left; it will make a world of difference.
. Post updated pics when you are finish.
    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 6:04AM
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joanjean1
Jason here is a another option
    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 12:04PM
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