Changing the stain color on a staircase and balustrade
We recently finished the Natural (yellowed) Red Oak floors in a 20 year old house, staining them to a rich Antique Brown. The staircase was a nicely built, freestanding curved stairway, and the owner insisted that it had to match the newly stained floors.
With all of the white enameled balusters, and the near perfect joinery throughout, we chose not to sand the rail, newels and treads, but rather had them refinished using a glazing technique done by a local painter/artisan.
The glazing process involved masking the enameled parts of the stairway, then cleaning the oak surfaces with a good degreaser. After it was dry, several coats of walnut-toned glaze were applied by hand, and feathered out with a Badger brush. Once the color and simulated graining were accomplished, the oak was top-coated with a clear finish coat for protection.
Here are the results:
This was not simply a matter of painting the oak, but actually making it look like stained oak. The color was dead-on, and the details were very natural. It looked like oak to me, and the customer was absolutely delighted.
This is not something for everyone, but it was a better option than traditional sanding and refinishing, both cost wise and end product. The artisan we used specializes in this kind of work, and there aren’t many like him around.
It’s nice to share good work that can be done when you find the right person to do it.
Day Flooring Company, LLC
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