Need help changing the stain on my maple stair bannisters
risapowell
May 26, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I want to put a darker hardwood throughout my main floor but have light maple bannisters going upstairs and want them to match with darker wood
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Lazzell Design Works
They can be darkened with a poly/stain finish to avoid installing new.
May 26, 2013 at 6:08PM   
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Rockin' Fine Finish
A tinted lacquer but it can only go so dark how dark will your floors be ? If they are going to be very dark you will need to refinish the balusters
May 26, 2013 at 10:21PM   
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risapowell
Thanks for your comments. I am just in the inquiring stage as I was wondering how much work would be involved in staining the banisters which I imagine is quite a lot as I have two sets of bannisters; one going to the basement and one going to the upstairs, that is 52 spindles in all as well as the top of the bannister! I have noticed that some people paint the spindles white and just stain the top of the bannister but I am not sure I like that look. still thinking of what to do....
May 27, 2013 at 7:41PM   
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Rockin' Fine Finish
Post pics it really helps us give you better advice
May 27, 2013 at 7:43PM   
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Cindy Quinton
Another option I've seen used is to create a dark glaze (SW's glaze mixed 3:1 with a dark color like Van Dyke brown was suggested) and using a chip brush to streak it on, It looked great where I saw it, I did some of the box beams in my home, that were a light honey oak, with the darkest poly stain mix and basically painted it on and wiped most of it off. It looks good enough, but of course, one can't get close enough to really eyeball it.
May 27, 2013 at 8:06PM   
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risapowell
Sorry, not sure how to post pictures. will try to figure it out tomorrow. Thanks
May 27, 2013 at 8:24PM   
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