Painting and Staining our stair railing part 3 – Done!


Done! This was a big project but it’s finally done. And I have to say I am very happy with the way it turned out! It was time consuming and a bit frustrating at times, but what a change! Here is the before and after pictures. (I added links to the first 2 posts at the end of this post)

Once the gel stain was on and I finished with 2 coats of polyurethane, I started on the spindles. Taping the spindles off was the time consuming part. I used A LOT of tape. But to get a really clean look it was necessary. Spend the time on this, it’s worth it.


I painted the spindles Annie Sloan Pure White and finished them with polyurethane as well so everything had the same finish. Be sure to use a top coat that won’t yellow the chalk paint. I used General Finishes High Performance Water based topcoat.

Now that it’s done I can say the hardest part was the time it took. Don’t plan on this being a quick project. But as long as you take the time to tape everything off and be sure to layer thin coats of stain as well as paint you will be happy with the results. I really am amazed at how different it looks. And I absolutely love it!

Let me know what you think. If you have any questions about how I refinished my stair railing please ask.

Thanks for taking a look


Here are links to the first 2 posts in this series

Painting and staining our stair railing Part 1

Painting and Staining our stair railing part 2



  1. Love your stairs! I’m doing the same on mine right now. Can you tell me what gray paint is on your wall?? Very pretty. Seems like every gray I pick has hints of blue or purple. Can’t seem to find a true gray. Please let me know what brand+color and how you like it, thanks!

    1. Thanks Keri! 😊 We used Behr Natural Grey on the walls. We had the same problem trying to find a grey that didn’t have a blue tint. We love the Natural Grey. It is a true Grey without any color undertones. It doesn’t clash with anything and looks great with the tan carpet and tile that was already in place.

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