Banister Shenanigans

Are we ready to get back to the great room?

When we planned out our renovation, a new banister was not part of that plan.  The deeper we got into it, the more that hideous chunk of metal stuck out.  I knew what I wanted.

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Reality.

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The demo of the old banister happened so fast that I did not get any good before pictures.

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Aaron got to work installing the newel post.

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It was a very Clark Griswald-y night.

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A proud man and his newel post. #innuendo

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Just like I mentioned with the subway tile backsplash, time was running out to complete our projects on time.  We called in the big guns to help finish the banister.

Redbeacon

 

Redbeacon.  Seriously, the 2nd time using the service.  And just like the first time, it was exceptional and reasonably priced.  For those of you new here, Redbeacon is a free service provided by The Home Depot, where you input your job description online, and get several competitive bids from licensed contractors.  Each contractor is held to a high standard, background checked, insured, and rated by customers.

When I posted about the backsplash, Redbeacon contacted me about offering a discount to all my readers.  Use the promo code “KenzFriends” to get $10 toward trying out Redbeacon!  This post is completely un-sponsored.  I just love the service, and they love giving a good deal.

I knew I could stain and finish the banister, so we had him just put it all together for us.  Since we had already bought all the supplies, and had the newel post in, it didn’t cost that much :)

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I taped up the shoes and got to work staining.

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Before:

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After:

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I kinda think we’ve surpassed level Mary Poppins, and entered into a whole new realm.

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  • http://relativelyrealistic.blogspot.com/ Bethany Kline

    i love it! as with everything you do, it looks great!! I wish money was no object because I would absolutely fly you and evelyn down to stay with me so you could dress up my house!! Why can’t I be rich?!?!

    • Kenz

      haha, I want to be rich too! I wish I could come down and visit and help you paint! I hope I get to see your house some day :)

  • Jesse

    I love your new banister! I was going to ask how you hid the L brackets at the bottom of the post, and then I noticed there’s some thick baseboard type situation was going on. This came out great!

    • Kenz

      Yep, the brackets got covered up by trim. The newel post came with a trim kit to cover it, but we added our own trim in addition to it to give it a little something extra.

  • http://boxycolonial.com/ Gretchen@BoxyColonial

    ooh, so pretty! what’s the stain color?

    • Kenz

      It’s Minwax Polyshade Espresso. It’s very rich in tone :)

  • Cassie Bustamante

    fancy pants! i love it! that newel is nice!

    • Kenz

      I really like the newel too! It has a fantastic shape to it.

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    So much better and so pretty! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your house

    • Kenz

      Thanks Julia! It’s my favorite place to be :)

  • Tara @ Surburble

    Love it! I love metal ballisters; such a clean and stylish look!

    I wonder if RedBeacon is available in Canada? We Canadians need to hire out some help sometimes! ;)

    • Kenz

      I’m pretty sure it’s available in Canada! You enter your zip code and it pulls local contractors for you. I love hiring help! haha, it’s so nice to watch someone else to the work from time to time.

  • http://newlywoodwards.com/ Kim@NewlyWoodwards

    Ohmygoshthislookssogood. I can hardly stand it. The beauty!

    • Kenz

      Eeee! Thanks! I really love our banister. It adds a lot of personality to the living room.

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    love the stain you picked! the whole house has really updated awesomely

    • Kenz

      Thanks my dear! I’m sure the old one would have stuck out like Hagrid at the ballet.

  • Rita@thissortaoldlife

    This looks so great! We really do not love our banister, but haven’t known what to do with it. Now I know. :-)

    • Kenz

      Banisters are just one of those things that are really hard to feel the motivation to change, but once you do make a HUGE impact.

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    It looks so fancy!! We have to DIY a banister like yesterday, so good to know I can KenzFriends it. (I wish you would have gone with KenzFriendz … you know keep it more street.)

    • Kenz

      You know me. So hood. I wish I could have picked the code. It was RedBeacon that picked. I’ll let them know in the future I prefer to keep linguistics street-style.