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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

DIY Stain Staircase Hand Rails


It's been our mission since we bought this house to never see yellow oak again!
The problem: Light oak staircase... oh...and no carpet
Time for a makeover....
We began by taping the spindles and carpet at the bottom of the newels (post) to protect our new carpet.
Buhbye yellow oak...

 
 Before 
 

 Fab-After
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  


 
This is one coat of gel stain.
If you desire a darker look this can be achieved by applying another coat.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

3 comments:

  1. I have the same honey oak staircase i want to change darker as well. Did you sand or strip the honey oak first or just put the gel stain on? Did you put a coat of poly on after...

    Thanks.
    Karen

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  2. yes, we lightly sanded the wood so the gel stain would adhere better. We used a water based (brush-on) poly-urethane

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  3. What brand and color of gel stain did you use? It looks awesome!

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