Painting a Bannister with Chalk Paint

Last week I shared some of my long weekend Chalk Paint™ projects including how to dye fabric and even paint shoes! This week it's all about my banister. When it comes to staircases, I have always loved the look of white spindles with a black banister and though it took me a long time to complete this project, I am so happy with the results. I did have to do some prep for this as many years ago I painted a latex base paint over an oil base paint and it did not stick so, I had some sanding to do, but once the dust had cleared…it was on to the fun of using Chalk Paint™ to turn my dream into a reality.

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get just the right coverage I used two coats of Graphite and one coat of dark wax. I had to pay special attention to one area because I discovered that my ring would always hit the same place as I was descending the stairs (and here I thought my kids would be the problem).


The solution? I have decided to distress that area slightly so I won't have to worry too much about the daily ups and downs with a dog and two teenagers.


One of the reasons it took me so long to complete this DIY project (even though one runs into the other in my home) is because after I painted the bottom half of the banister  Farrow and Ball paint went on sale across from us in McBurney Plaza and I couldn't resist taking home two gallons of Pointing (white) to paint the hallway! Ok, maybe I see what my husband is complaining about!! But at the end of the day, I love the white walls and black banister and we all know a happy wife makes for a happy life!

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you're not quite sure where to start just pop by the store and we'll help you out. If you live out of town and don't have a Chalk Paint™ stockist nearby, you can order right from The Passionate Home online. Creativity is just a click away! shop online the passionate home

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