my biggest project yet, part 2


Voilà! The finished product.

This was quite a project, definitely a fun challenge! I had never done anything like this before, but have very trusting clients, who also happen to be some of my best friends… so after we made a friends forever promise (even if I screwed up their staircase), I got to work. Aside from a couple of minor set backs, it was pretty smooth sailing! It was a time consuming, labour intensive and detail-oriented project, but TOTALLY worth it, if you ask me. We are all very happy with the final results.

Here are a few of the details on the finishes:

The risers, posts and spindles are painted in Benjamin Moore’s ever-popular Cloud White [CC-40] in a semi-gloss finish.

The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray [HC-173] in an eggshell finish.

The stair treads are stained using stain ordered directly from a hardwood flooring manufacturer. If you’d like specific colour info, please feel free to send me an email.

Tip: Use Frog tape, not just any paint tape. Not even the other expensive ones. For a project like this, Frog tape is worth the extra cost. It really seals the edges nicely, ensuring sharp, clean lines.

While I wouldn’t recommend this as a beginner DIY project, if you have a handy bone in your body and some experience refinishing furniture, I say go for it. Just know that it is a LOT of work! But totally worth it in the end. I love the results. It’s a much more modern and clean look. For a more detailed and specific step-by-step of this kind of project, please head over to Centsational Girl’s wonderful DIY blog about a similar project. She gives all the details, products and tips you need to tackle it.

For a step by step look at my project, please click through the gallery of pictures below! All the details are in the captions. If you have any questions about this project, or would like specifics about the products / methods I used, please feel free to get in touch with me (either via email or in the comments section below). I will gladly answer any and all questions you might have!

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4 Responses to my biggest project yet, part 2

    • Laurie says:

      Hi Heather, how long did it take you and did you remove the railing?
      Thanks, Laurie

      • Heather says:

        Hi Laurie!
        I didn’t remove the railing. I cut a big plastic drop cloth and taped it to the wall behind the railing.
        I would estimate that the project from start to finish took between 40-50 hours… I did it all myself except the sanding – I had an extra set of hands for that. And the sanding alone (even with two of us doing it) took 6 hours one Saturday. Once you get into the staining/clear coat/painting/priming it becomes a waiting game in between each coat – it’s best to wait 24 hours between each coat of those steps, so it is quite a process!

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