Newel Posts and Stringers…it’s a Family Affair

I had a few inspiration photos that my Dad and I worked from to hone in on the vision for the stairway.

Photo 1     Photo 2     Photo 3

Each of these are beautiful aren’t they? We definitely wanted stained treads, railings, and caps and planned on painting the rest white. Down the line, we’re also planning on adding wall paneling like Photo 1. I really like boxy newel posts and layers of decorative molding as well (who doesn’t??). So, working from this, my father built out our newel posts to be big and boxy just like I wanted!

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While he was getting busy on that, my mom and I had tested stain options so I could stain the railings before we installed them (more on our choice later) and Jake got busy removing the door frame to the entry/mudroom. This was the location of the front door originally and there was a heavy metal door there for a couple of years before we finally removed it. Now that we’re also working on the adjacent room as well framing this out like a normal cased opening was part of the projects.

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My mom also started scraping about 30 years of paint from the existing stair stringers.  I liked the little bit of detail on our original ones, but a lot of it was obscured with so many layers and layers of paint.  We broke the Dremel out and made good use of the scraper attachment. With the post down below boxed out and measurements done and wood precut, my dad got to work on the 2 1/2 newel posts at the upper landing. Jake and Mom started scraping and sanding the other stair stringer and followed each other up the stairs. #teamwork!

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I helped my dad install the upper railings and trim out those posts. He had a genius way of installing them without screw holes in the railings itself. Tips and tricks from him are endless which is why some projects just call for the professionals. I also got to use his contractor grade tools which was pretty fun for me!

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We ended the day with lots of trim pieces and spackle on all the nail holes and seams.

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Removing that door frame from the mudroom made such a difference to us.  It just felt wider and makes the room feel more intentional rather than an added afterthought.

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Can you see where everything is headed? Well if you can’t I can’t wait to show you more! Having my parents come help us is so inspirational to me. They’ve worked so much on their own house over the years and having their knowledge and experience to learn from is so so helpful when embarking on all these new things. Thank you thank you thank you for all the help!!

My goodness it looks amazing and this is really shaping up to be one smart looking house! It’s definitely not a “flip” house as is ever so popular on HGTV these days. This house needed intentional updates that take time and care, but we fell in love with the bones of it, the layout and certainly see all it’s potential. I’ll be back to tell you more about our stain choices and balusters!

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