Are you looking for a way to update your staircase without draining all your funds? If so, refinishing your stair railing is the best way to go. This task will make your staircase look brand new.

From preparing the surface to applying paint and stain, here’s how you can refinish your banisters without breaking the bank.

Prepare the Railings

Before you pick between staining or painting your stair railing, it is essential to treat the area and get it ready for a makeover. Firstly, that entails removing any finish or paint that might already be on the railings.

To do so, you can use a putty knife, some sandpaper, steel wool, or a finish stripper. It all depends on the state of your staircase and whether it was painted before or just stained and finished.

During this preparation process, it is important to take all safety precautions. So, wear gloves and make sure the area beneath the railing is covered with rags or anything else you don’t mind getting dirty. And in case you are using a finish stripper, you should ventilate the area thoroughly and use a protective mask to protect yourself from the fumes.

By the end, your staircase should be smooth and 100% ready for a new coat of paint or stain.

Painting or Staining?

Now, whether you will go for staining or painting depends solely on your personal taste. Staining is a better option if you want to accentuate the natural color of the wood in your railings. On the other hand, painting is more fitting for those who want the railings to match their interior colors.

Regardless of what you decide, it is essential to apply a healthy coat of primer to the railings first. That way, the paint or stain will adhere to the surface better and make for a more natural look.

Finish Things Off

Lastly, you should also apply a finishing coat. From matte to glossy, there are numerous options to choose from based on the color of your railings and the overall vibe you are going for. Sand the railings in between coats to get a uniform appearance, and your new staircase will be ready!

Need Any Help?

If you’d rather put your staircase in the hands of a professional, Mike’s Decorating and Painting is here to help. We are the most trusted decorating and painting company in the Chicago and Northwest Indiana Community.

You can rest assured our skilled technicians are the best in the region with impeccable training and continued education that makes their work second to none. We’re proud to serve families and businesses throughout the following communities: Northwest Suburbs (La Grange, Westmont, Western Springs, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills) and Southern Suburbs (Frankfort, New Lenox, Mokena, Orland Park).

Contact us today, and let’s transform your staircase railings!