DIY Stair Railing Projects & Makeovers

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If your home has a stairwell, you might be surprised to know that an outdated stair railing is one of the first things potential buyers notice when looking at a home. Even if you aren’t thinking of putting your home on the market, it’s kind of disconcerting to think something you see (and probably ignore!) every day can make or break your interior. These DIY stair railing projects and makeovers are proof that DIY’ers can make changes that can create a big difference in how people view your space! (Oh, and your home’s value!) Feature photo above by ‘Ana White‘.

Got an old oak style wood banister? ‘Make It Love It’ is ready to teach us how to paint/stain an old stair railing. The before and after here makes my point… what a big difference! Lot’s of step by step photos and instructions.


‘Your Home Only Better’ took it one step further and pulled up the outdated carpet, then painted the stair risers and steps as well. This looks amazing, like a ‘Parade of Homes’ interior. Find their painting stairs tips!


Want something a little more modern? Let ‘Ana White’ walk you through her tutorial and plans for a stainless steel cable railing! You see these in higher end modern homes, and they are a worthy project if you are trying to bring your home into this decade!

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Trish at ‘TDA Decorating‘ shared her stair banister renovation on ‘Remodelaholic’… This is a great money saving option because she used the existing post and handrail, replacing just the spindles. Check out this before and after!

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From ‘Elephant Buffet’, this bookcase stair railing is not only ingenious, but also really practical too! Find out how they did it, and be sure to check out their post on how they made the bookshelves themselves near the bottom of the post.

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Learn more from ‘Ana White’, DIYing a hand rail for a staircase!


Now we have a few that are less tutorial, more inspiration… you’ve got this now, right? 🙂 From ‘Chic Design Investments‘, this stair rail made with old doors looks amazing! I LOVE THIS!


This wood/glass staircase railing by the ‘HGTV Blog’ isn’t a full tutorial, but there are a lot of pics they took along the way… An experienced DIY’er could likely figure out this project start to finish from that alone!


This stair project from ‘Fairly Modern Home’ is a great inspiration… they used ordinary rebar as their railing, and saved big bucks!

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Finally, ‘Bob Vila‘ brings us this nautical rope railing idea… creative!


Image Credits: Make It Love It, Your Home Only Better, Ana White, Remodelaholic, Elephant Buffet, Ana White, Chic Design Investments, HGTV, Fairly Modern, Bob Vila

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