March 12, 2012
Basement Update: $1 Railing Makeover
Did I mention I want to make over our basement for as close to free as possible? In the process of freshening up our stairwell to the basement (I know, I'm taking forever), I painted our tired, dated railing - plus the accompanying hardware - with a tiny amount of paint for a brand new look! I happened to score a quart of a mis-tinted paint (a charcoal, almost black hue) for only $5.00 and I have so many more projects to paint with it. This makeover, using a fraction of the paint, worked out to be about a dollar.
I removed the hardware from the railing. It was covered in gunk, so I lightly sanded and wiped it clean. I primed the hardware with metal primer (from another project). Then I simply applied a few, thin coats of my mis-tint paint, letting each coat dry 24 hours. I used a tiny craft brush.
I can't use spray paint until it gets a bit warmer here, so this was a bit of an experiment. But it worked well!
For the railing, I lightly sanded the wood until the glossiness of the former finish was removed. I cleaned it with a dry cloth, painted a thin coat of primer (which I also had lying around) and then painted four thin coats of the black-ish paint. I used a foam brush to avoid brush marks.
Ta da! I love the "after":
I'm into little details. We don't always have money for major makeovers (although I'd love to gut the basement and start fresh). But I find the little things make the difference. When we first moved in, we removed all of the ugly brass door hinges and knobs (many were coated in chipped layers of paint) from interior and exterior doors. We gave the doors a fresh coat of paint, added new silver hinges and knobs and each door looked brand new. It made the whole house seem more modern, like a new-build. After I saw this post about spray painting doorknobs (okay, I re-pinned it on Pinterest), I decided I could tackle a hardware project with paint, instead of buying new.
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