Anyway.... back to the project. When I first signed for the house, there were 3 things (ONLY 3 THINGS) that I asked the contractor to do or not do so that I could do or not do them myself. Well, 2 of the 3 things they plowed through and "forgot" that I asked them not do touch them. Well....
I asked them to leave the railings and spindles unfinished for me because they would only do one of two things: paint them white or stain them the color of my cabinets. Well, why stain them the cabinet color if I knew that I was going to be painting the cabinets. And I didn't want them white because I wanted them to be the color of the floors that I'm eventually
Oh side note: for any of you going to stain something. Go with your gut and just use shop rags for staining. Bypass the foam brushes altogether. They worked for the nooks and crannies (especially the spindles) but it took SO MUCH LONGER with the brush than using the rag. Oh and use RUBBER GLOVES. This step I actually did think of and saved myself a lot of hand scrubbing later. Another side note- look at how disgusting my garage floor is. That is still dust from the spray paint from the dining chairs. STILL. UGH. Never. Again.
After the railing had its first coat I went inside to start on the railing and spindles. This was the boring tedious part.
Isn't it beautiful???? I mean- that's just one part of it- but the transformation is ridiculous. I was starting to see it change and it was totally exciting! Here's another glamor shot with the spindles done.
Well, you can't see them in the above picture but the one above that- you see those UGLY brass handrail brackets??? Oh yea, those puppies came down too!!! Slowly but surely, all traces of brass will be removed from this house. Disgusting. Awful. Hideous. Gross. Now, check out these bad boys.
Aren't they sexy? Anyways. Those went up and I let both the railing and spindles dry over night while I inhaled WAY TOO MANY toxic fumes. I came home after work today and put the long railing up again and here is what the beautifulness looks like now!!! BAM! IN YO FACE!
Awwww yeah...... No matter what angle I show you, she's still sexy as hell. God, I can't believe that I waited over a year and a half to do it. And even though my house still smells like