Category Archives: Finishing Hardwood Stairs

Should painted balusters be installed at the same time as the stair or later?

If you are buying a stair with a balusters in a contrasting material, such as painted balusters on an oak stair, a question will likely come up about finishing the stair. Should my painter finish the balusters (loose) and finish the stair,  then … Continue reading

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Choosing a Hardwood for your Staircase; Wood Color

Stair in Walnut There are several species of hardwoods that have very bold natural color, such as cherry, walnut, and mahogany.  Historically these were the most desirable woods, due to the  natural beauty and no need to stain or color them.  These woods … Continue reading

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Finishing Maple Stairs

Maple is popular wood for interior trim, flooring and stairs. Maple Stair Clear Coat Maple has natural beauty with a smooth surface due to its closed grain properties of the wood. The hardness of maple makes it a great choice … Continue reading

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Finishing Hardwood Stairs

Finishing Hardwood Stairs Finishing stair parts before installation is not recommended.  The installation process involves cutting, fitting and sanding, which would result in touching up of finish, and a less than high quality end result.  Additionally, gluing of various parts … Continue reading

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