Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Textured and Glazed Handrail

 I love iron spindles and railings, so in planning our new house, choosing iron for the staircase was a no-brainer. The difficulty for  came in choosing a specific design. I initially was hoping to have an all iron look with swirled iron panels and an iron handrail, but the cost was exorbidant. This was probably fortuitous because that treatment probably would have overwhelmed given the scale of the area. So, I went with a simple spindle and wood handrail.


Here is a pic showing the raw wood hand rail at the bottom of the stairway.


Since I wanted an all-iron look, I decided not to stain the handrail. Instead, I did a metallic paint treatment that had texture that mimicked metal. After priming the raw wood, I applied texture (weathered bronze lusterstone) with a chip brush, and lightly sanded after it dried. Here is a pic of the lusterstone after sanding.


I then applied a metallic paint glaze (mixture of two Modern Masters metallic paint colors plus some glazing medium) to match the spindle color.  Finally, I topcated with two coats of  polyurethane.





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31 comments:

  1. Well, Lori, you definitely have a glorious house and wonderful taste. It's nice to meet you.

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  2. That is fabulous. I love that you gave the handrail and additional spindles the metal-look. I'm bookmarking this for future reference because I sure need a foyer makeover!

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  3. Wow, that looks awesome. Very Spanish/Italian villa. :-) Love that you worked with a cheaper material, but still got the look you wanted!

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  4. Love, love, love button!!!!!!

    How is it holding up with the topcoat??? My handrail is done with Faux Effects stuff and not wearing so hot!

    Glad you are blogging! I will follow!

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  5. Jennifer, so far, so good with the topcoat. I used FE C-500 Satin.

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  6. What a beautiful job! I so glad you shared with us at the Power of Paint Party... hope to see you again :)

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  7. Stunning!!!! I LOVE, LOVE , LOVE the swirl at the bottom. Great job!

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  8. I am always amazed at the beauty of your home! You did a beautiful job on your handrail. Love it!

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  9. Lori, This is a beautiful staircase and I love the finish on the railing. Gorgeous!
    Hugs, Sherry

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  10. Ahhhh...this makeover is soooooo PRETTY!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  11. Absolutely beautiful makeover.

    http://backporchmusings.typepad.com
    (another Missourian)

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  12. Lori, I LOVE this finish! My head is swimming with possibilities for my boring hand railing. Did it take forever to do the whole thing?

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  13. Absolutely wonderful job on that handrail. I love the swirly iron detail. I'm off to check out more of your blog. Hope you have a great week.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  14. Lori, that is gorgeous. I am still in love with this beautiful home! Where do you buy that stuff you put on to look like stone?

    Thanks for joining my party!

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  15. OH how stunning. Love the look, and your iron work at the bottom of the stairs is just gorgeous. Beautiful home. Hugs, Marty

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  16. That looks amazing! What a great idea!
    Rachel @momshenanigans

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  17. You are so clever! And patient, I might add. That turned out beautifully. But I wouldn't expect anything less from you.

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  18. I'm so glad you linking this up, Lori. Thank you!

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  19. wow, that looks great. i love how unique it is!

    www.thecapeonthecorner.blogspot.com

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  20. Hi Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. My big doggie is a Shiba Inu. She's the smallest breed in the same family as an Akita--and yes she totally looks like a fox! ;)

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  21. Lori these pictures look great but this project needs to seen in person to do it absolute justice! My husband keep arguing with me that it was not wood. Only after your husband told him that it was wood did he believe me! Incredibly beautiful! Your work is top notch professional! Great job :)

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  22. This looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  23. i LIKE ! they are BEAUTIFUL !

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  24. That staircase is beyond AMAZING!!!!
    Great job!

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  25. I just found your blog and I am blown away by your beatufil home. You have great taste. I love it!

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  26. Lori - Such a fantastic job! I love the textured finished and rich color. Simply stunning. I featured this on the Sunday Showcase Round Up. Thanks so much for joining in the fun! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you are enjoying your week ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  27. I don't think I've ever seen a railing that was so unique and pretty-quite unusual!

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