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25 comments

  1. September 22, 2014
    michelle

    i luv it! I’m going to be doing that same exact thing. how has the paint held up? I was thinking of using an ebony stain?

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    • September 25, 2014
      Tara

      We used a water-based melamine paint on the handrail – it’s held up really well (mainly because it’s a heavy duty paint). I’m sure that stain would do well, too. We went with a solid paint because our handrails were already white. Nothing to stain there.

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  2. September 22, 2014
    Jo-Anna

    Oh I LOVE it!!! The dark handrail is gorgeous!! You’ve got me thinking about our staircase now! hmmm

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    • September 25, 2014
      Tara

      Do it…. you won’t regret it. 🙂

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  3. September 22, 2014
    Virginia Fynes

    Oooooh, great transformation. I love the contrast!

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    • September 25, 2014
      Tara

      Thanks, Virginia! Me too! I really am pleased with the darker handrail.

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  4. September 22, 2014
    Lindsay Faber

    Gorgeous. You know I love this…so airy but still so cozy and the two tone bannister is fabulous.

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    • September 25, 2014
      Tara

      I am SO glad that we got the two tone staircase. I wanted to do it in the last place, but didn’t ever get the gumption to try it.

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  5. September 22, 2014
    Jamie

    OMG I love it!! I love it, love it, love it too!! Great choice 😉
    Hugs, Jamie

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    • September 25, 2014
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Jamie! I love it, too. There’s something about the contrast that just sings to my inner designer.

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  6. September 22, 2014
    Shari

    Love it! So jealous, you are really making me want to A) Gut my current house or B) Move to a new one. I can’t wait to come see it in person some day!

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    • September 25, 2014
      Tara

      I can’t wait to have you here, too! Granted, we may not be totally unpacked by the time you come (even if it’s months away). This moving business is a crazy amount of work.

      That being said, it’s amazing what a coat of paint will do. You used to be an avid painter, if I remember correctly…

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  7. September 26, 2014
    Marilyn

    Tara, your hand railing looks amazing!

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  8. September 29, 2014
    Shauna

    Looks so good, Tara! Can’t wait to see more!

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    • October 7, 2014
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Shauna! We’re getting some rooms to the point where I can take “after” photos. Or at least, “Kind-of-in-progress” photos!

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  9. May 25, 2015
    Vila

    I love the banister! I tested out a section of mine using java stain, but found it too harsh … Would you mind sharing your gray banister color? I think that would look great On my stairs! It’s so pretty!

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  10. August 3, 2015
    Erlene

    I love the dark handrails. We have white rails and it show all the dirt from the kids so quickly. Dark is good with kids 🙂

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    • August 5, 2015
      Tara

      I agree – white handrails are a teensy bit unforgiving. The grey shows some grease from handprints, but it washes up really easily. We used a very durable melamine-based paint (but still a latex – strangely enough) – and it cleans up beautifully.

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  11. August 4, 2015
    Michelle

    This looks great! I love your choice of paint colors. Visiting from Something To Talk About Link Party!

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    • August 5, 2015
      Tara

      Thank you so much! I was thrilled with how the dark handrail turned out. I kind of wish we had done it in our old house too!

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  12. August 5, 2015
    Shayla Martin

    Love this! My condo is painted beige very similarly to your house and I am trying to make the transition to greys/blacks. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    • August 5, 2015
      Tara

      I think that the greys/blacks/whites completely changed the feel of our house. While beige is nice and warm, I feel like the cooler colours are so much more contemporary… and you’re able to decorate with whatever colour you desire!

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  13. August 7, 2015
    Beverly

    The pop of color on the handrails really gives definition to the space. Great job! Thanks for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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  14. August 12, 2015
    Cathy

    Isn’t it wonderful how one small change can make such a huge difference. I love it! Celebrate those little accomplishments for they will soon become big ones. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

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