A few years back we had the misfortune of having a water leak in the basement. This of course meant removing carpeting, trim, doors, handrails, and repainting! The disaster took on a life of its own, and sadly, we seem to still be catching up with what we left unraveled. I had wanted to get new handrails put in, but I didn’t want to just have the plain bar that would look like my old ballet bar. I wanted something with a little more character. I also didn’t want to stain and seal this new railing. I wanted to complete this project all in one weekend and I knew that the staining, sanding, and sealing would extend the project. If there is one thing that I love most…it’s finishing up a project I start THE SAME DAY!
Luckily a talented friend was willing to lend his expertise to move this project along. The railing is made of unfinished stock hemlock wood from Menards. I purchased the brackets and in a jiffy the railing was installed. My only request was to have the railing start and end at a 90 degree angle. I like this look better than the straight-off-the-wall install. Truth be told, many times our clothing would get caught on the railing when it was just a straight mount.
Once the railing was installed, I pondered what to do about my staining dilemma. I finally decided to use the good old fashion way of staining with vinegar and steel wool! I had already tried this method on a tiny little box that holds my jewelry stamps, so why not on a bigger scale? I love the results! The wood changed to an aged-wood color, and the knots of the wood still show through. Once the railing was stained, I needed to seal the color and protect the wood. I decided to try a coconut oil rub…and I loved the results even more.
The project was a breeze and went a lot quicker from start to finish since I didn’t use a “wood stain”. The biggest plus of this whole job…there was no stinky fumes to deal with! If you have any questions on the tutorial…just let me know. Have you ever tried this method of staining? I just love it!