'80s Banister and Entryway Update
In our tri-level house, this area is also our entryway, and the first thing you see when you walk in.So I decided to change out that door, which opens to a coat closet, and paint the rest of the trim.
But it took me six years. I thought if I changed out that one door, I’d be committed to changing out every door in the house. And that would be expensive, and time consuming. And we didn’t know how long we’d be in the house, and if that’d be a good use of our resources. So we lived with the above mismatched look in our entry way to avoid another, less conspicuous area being mismatched. And in case we needed to entice someone to buy it from us.
I know. I don’t get it either. You could call me risk averse.
If you don’t live in an area whose main housing boom occurred in the ’80s, you might not be familiar with this type of banister. In our area, they’re pretty common. There’s not a curved line in sight, and they’re almost proud of their nontraditional plainness. But I didn’t know how to update it without replacing it, and I didn’t have the budget for that.
The pictures of this process are terrible since my garage has horrible lighting. Go figure. But first I sanded the banisters with my rotating sander. Then I stripped off several layers of poly with a citrus stripper and a plastic scraper. I also scrubbed them with a natural mineral spirits and a sanding sponge. It was a very messy, very time consuming process. After I got down to the wood, I used General Finishes Gel Stain in Java. It worked great, and it’s very forgiving. Had I known how forgiving, I would have skipped a few steps.
This project was worth all the effort.
The Snarky Princess on Aug 12, 2019
I’m in the process of finding a new home. And our area is riddled with the 80s orange also. I cringe when I see the house all done up with that color. I’m so thankful for posts like yours and others on Pinterest. Yes it will require some elbow grease to update but I absolutely love the transformation. Looks wonderful m! Thanks for sharing