Quick and inexpensive makeover for your stairs

A friend of mine decided to give her stairs an update and loved the look of iron balusters, but didn’t want the big investment that goes along with it to change those out.  Her old stairs were painted in a traditional look with a stained oak railing on white baluster.  To imitate the look and feel of iron, she decided to paint them black.    See for yourself the dramatic and elegant change accomplished with some patience, a light sanding of the old finish, a can of flat black paint and a good paintbrush:

And now:

Look at how her neutral beige paint instantly warms up against the new finish!  In this example, the rails will have a glaze finish coat that will add  a slight sheen and layer of protective finish.   What a difference for a project that can be accomplished in a weekend!


  1. l am so happy l found this, l want to do the same to my staircase, however l am in Australia and would like to know what kind of black paint you used? Semi gloss or low sheen?

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