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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).

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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.

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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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