Back on closing day, nearly four years ago now, our living room had a lovely variety of honey toned oak. Floors, doors, trim, and the railing. The light fixtures, red accent wall, and arch over the railing were high points, too.
We’ve since added new trim, painted the doors and walls, replaced the lighting. Basically changed everything except the floors (which will remain the same) and until recently, the railing.
With the basement completely gutted and free of drywall, we finally had access to the underside of the railings.
Over the weekend we removed the old oak railings and built a new, sleeker design. Two years or so ago I started planning what would eventually replace the oak and thought a horizontal layout would look best. A few months ago I spotted this railing by Milk and Honey Home and knew it would work for our home, too.
To build our railing we used four by four posts and two by six boards for the rails. It took a day to build and install, and even before primer and paint, it looked light years better.
One coat of primer and three coats of white paint later and here we are today:
Be prepared for photo overload.
The simple design doesn’t attract unnecessary attention and is sturdier than the old design.
Getting the straight section by the living room done was pretty straight forward, but the angled section was trickier.
I’ve got a post in the works covering the building process, so I’ll save the specifics for then.
It’s much more modern and more in keeping with the straight lines of the house.
I may regret my decision to paint it white after the millionth round of washing dirty hand prints off, but I love the way it blends with the tongue and groove wall.
The post tops are simply a 45 degree angle and rise 2.5 inches above the top rails.
To give the boards a defined termination into the wall, we cut a post in half for a seamless look.
Every new change is so exciting to see when walking past, and this one has been a long time coming.
The way it brightens up the entry and living room is my favorite.
Once we’ve replaced the tile, our entry checklist will be complete.
And with the railing complete, we can continue work in the basement and should be ready for sheet rock soon. Then the fun can begin! I’m already gathering paint samples, measuring for furniture, and we’ve purchased a couch for the theater room.