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Dueling DIY: Decisions, Decisions

It’s time for another update on the staircase showdown

Kit’s been quiet this week.  I figured it was either that elves had kidnapped her, or she was really working hard to recover from the smackdown I’d laid last week.  As for my progress this week?  Meh:

black and white staircase progress

Not much looks like it has changed since last week for me.  I could say that it’s all thanks to a finance exam that took priority earlier in the week, but believe it or not, I’ve still made progress.  It only looks like little change since four coats of black look about the same as two coats from an iPhone at night from this distance (and adding a sprinkling of doggy dirt and such… you know, for funsies).

Next up, obviously, I need to match the four coats I’ve just done on one half of the stairs to the other half that still has only primer.  But I love the black handrail!  That wall will be touched up soon with the lighter paint color I chose for the hallway as well.

black handrail

But now that I’ve painted the handrail, I have to figure out what to do about the one part I’m still not sure about.  Do I paint the entire newel post black or leave just the top?  I’ve seen them in all different varieties (see below for two of my favorite examples).  I thought painting the top would help me decide if I want to paint the rest (the spindles are staying white of course).  Which would you choose?  If you aren’t sure because my photos are too close-up, I don’t blame you.  Night phone pictures can be lousy at the dramatic before/after shots, so I’ll have to take a few more next week after I’ve painted the other half of the stair treads (UPDATE:  Guess it’s a black newel post after all!  I have some work to do after class for sure).

Be sure to head over to Kit’s blog to check out her progress while I give her the side-eye from over here.  And don’t forget, we’ve got several others who have been joining in on the fun these last few weeks!  Feel free to send us your link if you’re participating too, and we’ll check in again next week.  I plan to have a fun surprise up my sleeve very soon (if you aren’t already laughing maniacally in your head, you probably should)…

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  1. says

    I agree with the first comment that the newel post is different from the spindles and therefore I vote BLACK;)

  2. says

    You definately need to go black. The post now looks unfinished and if that last post is in fact different from the rest then it should be black. Curious about the bottom section where the posts sit)? I did one years ago that was oak and white–painted it black and white. I recall painting the bottom section black also–this may look good–more grounded. It is looking really good!!!!

  3. says

    Gah. It's so sexy! I'd love to do mine over but it's horrible quality plywood… we would have to buy the treads and risers… but I keep thinking about it!

    Love the black! Now you wont ever have to clean ;)

  4. says

    I agree with the majority as well… your posts are chunkier than the spindles, more similar to the left picture, so black makes a nice statement.

  5. says

    I also like all black for your stairs, just find it easier on the eyes and yes, easier to clean (maybe). :)

    Best of luck on your project. :)

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