Complete Transformation in Barrington, IL

This week’s project was a staircase, foyer, dining and great room in Barrington that was totally 90’s. The walls were various bisque colors and the railings were an outdated golden oak.

We started by removing the balusters. The next step was to begin stripping the 13 newel posts and railings with a non-caustic citrus stripper. Each newel post took 2.5 hours to strip by hand.

Once we removed all of the polyurethane, the surface was cleaned with mineral spirits two times to remove stripper residue. In order to achieve a dark black with 90% opacity, we applied two coats of Old Masters Spanish oak stain with a white china, natural fiber brush. Finally, we applied three coats of oil-based polyurethane sanding before the final coat to achieve a smooth finish. After the finish was applied to the rails, we installed the new spindles and painted them with Benjamin Moore oil-based Impervo Satin Paint.

The walls were painted in Benjamin Moore matte finish Revere Pewter, which gave the house an updated look, moving away from the warm colors of 1997. The result on this house was a complete transformation, which the home owner said exceeded her expectations! This project was designed by Jackie Wayne, resident designer at Epco Paint in Barrington.

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