The new stair railings are in place and they are a thing of beauty. Ours is a modestly scaled, 1934 Colonial Revival house, so a truly grand stair was not really appropriate. But we did think the old railings needed a bit of an update.
|The handrails and newel posts waiting patiently.|
|Our handrail artisan using a good eye and fine motor skills to perfect the seams in the mahogany handrail.|
Before and During
|There was nothing wrong with the old newel post except for the fact that it was scratched|
up to high heaven. But more than that, we did want something that was a little more refined
and one that sat under the handrail itself.
|Originally, the plan was just to put new wood on the treads of the existing stairs but|
for much less than we thought, we opted to have the entire staircase structure replaced
to ensure everything was nice and plumb and solid and squeakless.
|The pickets on the old staircase were just rectangles which seemed a little too Arts and Crafts-era, while the scrolly brackets|
on the stringer seemed a little too old lady precious.
|The new pickets (or balusters) are round and taper gently toward the top. The newel post sits on the bottom tread and|
is capped by the lovely new handrail. And we opted for no scrolls on the stringer.
|Looking at the new railing from above.|
|And shown here with a section of paneling in process. The newel post will be painted the same white as the pickets which will be painted Benjamin Moore Moonlight White.|
|Where once before there was a twisty, steep, enclosed stairway up to the attic we now have this lovely open stair.|
|Looking from the attic to the second floor.|
The open triangle to the right will be filled in with wall (the backside of our linen press.)
|Even the little bit of railing going down to the basement got the royal treatment.|