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Our Outdated Oak Baluster
You might remember from my house tour that we live in a bi-level and guests enter our home and come up five stairs into the living room. The stair railing that is at the top of those stairs can be seen in this photo:
My living room recently underwent a major makeover, so let me show you a more up-to-date photograph from a different angle.
Now with my updated furniture, this stair railing just had to go. It did not fit with my aesthetic and I had dreams of something more modern and sleek.
I found a little bit of knowledge from this blog post that got my wheels turning. They used metal conduit to construct a stair railing and cut it to size, securing it to the wall with MDF.
I didn’t take step by step photos of myself completing this project because I have something even better! I videotaped my stair railing DIY makeover and sped it up for you to see. I do have a complete materials list and cost below, and if you’d like more information about how I did something, please ask in the comments!
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Stair Railing Materials
I designed this stair railing using metal as well as wood in a horizontal orientation for a contemporary look. I chose steel conduit as my metal because I could cut it with an angle grinder to my desired length, measuring about 1/4″ less than needed so I could wiggle it into place.
Steel Conduit four 1/2″ by 10′ poles = $9.32
Black Spray Paint for the Conduit = $2.99 (on sale!)
For the wood newel post, I bought 1/4″ thick MDF and used a brad nailer to attach it to the existing post. I couldn’t access the newel post through the basement ceiling, so I just built off what was already there and I knew was stable. I bought the topper and bottom skirt as pre-made pieces. They were originally meant for outdoor decks, but I didn’t see why I couldn’t have them indoors. Building my own newel post with parts instead of buying a pre-made one saved me more than $100.
2′ by 4′ piece of 1/4″ thick MDF = $4.34
Post Cap = $5.00 (on sale!)
Post Skirt = $1.00 (on sale!)
Another, thicker post skirt = $2.89 (I had to buy & cut to size for the half post against my wall. It looks like the cap on the newel post, sort of.)
1″ by 4″ quality pine board = $2.92
I did have to buy a few tools I didn’t already have, like a caulk gun and the 3/4″ spade bit for drilling the holes. These amounted to about $6 and I’m not adding them into my material total. However, I did buy paintable caulking and liquid construction adhesive. The adhesive was used to secure the conduit bars in their holes.
TOTAL COST for MATERIALS = 32.84
Stair Railing DIY Makeover
Now enjoy some photos of the amazing before and after stair railing DIY makeover!
The transformation has been incredible. The look and feel of our house has completely changed when people enter up the steps.
Of course, feel free to pin as you please!
So the newel post has the 1/4″ thick MDF refacing it and the piece inside is where I pre-drilled holes with a 3/4″ spade bit for the conduit to rest. I did drill into the existing newel post itself a tad and cut the conduit to a length where they would go into the post and not just rely on the strength of the MDF to hold them up. Oh and by the way, doesn’t my sign of family values wall decor look awesome in the background!? Everything is coming together so nicely since I painted my trim white and the doors black.
After the conduit was inside the post, I used liquid construction adhesive to secure them in place so they didn’t slide. If you watch the video above, you’ll see how I just added some adhesive in the crevices between the hole and conduit.
It is so beautiful, isn’t it!?
Ok, last photo. Be sure to pin this one!
Thank you so much for reading about my stair railing DIY makeover! This project only took me 5 days from start to completion with a lot of planning and a little help from my kids (as you saw in the video). I worked so hard on it and would be honored if you were inclined to share this project with your friends! Come back soon to see my Christmas decor, I am planning to hang our stockings on the new stair railing!