Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Painting A Staircase Railing?

My staircase looks like this
(RIP Lilly Cat)

The black wrought iron feels so severe, and doesn't really go with my design aesthetic.  Also, I am in the market for a carpet runner so this staircase doesn't feel so much like a death trap.  Does anyone know of any good home tours with a carpet staircase runner I can catch a glimpse of?  

I wish my railing looked more like the one shown here from the home of Sally Wheat, featured on Cote de Texas.  She mentions that it is a faux paint treatment on the railing, but no more details.  Has anyone heard of this?  Have you seen this before on other railings?  I like the pewter patina color.

*for more Sally Wheat Home gorgeousness, check out the links in this post


  1. The first thing that comes to mind about the railing finish is a patina/glaze that Lowes carries - http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?partNumber=99734-4-007.0099734.004&langId=-1&storeId=10151&productId=3087565&catalogId=10051&cmRelshp=req&rel=nofollow&cId=PDIO1

    I know they have several other color options. I used it on a chandelier I was updating and it worked well for me.

  2. I like your banister.... it's all the wood on the stairs that seems heavy and plain.

    I think if you painted the risers white and left the banister and treads as they are, it would lighten things up immensely and look much more sophisticated. No runner necessary, as well.

  3. I was thinking the same thing as Karen. A lot of the newer homes here have the same iron railings, but the risers are painted to match the baseboard mouldings rather than stained to match the treads.

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  5. Here is an image of stair railing that I've been "crushing" on lately :)


  6. http://www.thingsthatinspire.net/search/label/stairs

    holly always does the best research for her post. these are mostly sisal but may give you some ideas.

  7. As an owner ofthe house in classic style, I can choose nothing but wood. link