Back in June of last year, I blogged about installing railingsfrom the first floor to the second, but I never posted pictures. In keeping with my “better late than never” motto, here they are:
The lower part of the stairs, before:
The upper part, before:
Detail of the brackets (looking up):
and detail of the finish:
The railings are red oak from Home Depot, but I stained them with Old Masters “American Walnut” wiping stain, which gave me a nice dark warm color (as opposed to the “Natural Walnut” which looks too green for my liking). I finished it off with four or five coats of 2# cut amber shellac. Some may consider my use of four brackets for each railing a bit excessive, but I hate loose railings with a passion!