Facelift Friday

Good morning girls!

I seriously feel like I am in overdrive.

There are so many things going on.

I have the flea market tomorrow and I need to pack the truck up EARLY!

After the flea market I will only have SIX MORE DAYS UNTIL I LEAVE FOR FRANCE.

I still have things to get, pack, learn some French:-)

I just need to get through the flea market and then the REAL fun begins!!!

True to my word I did a little facelift in my house this week.

It took more time than the other projects so far…but I LOVE how it turned out.

I can't believe I waited so long.




I have never liked the stain that the builder used and had originally hoped that we would tear it out and design our own or find vintage railing…but who was I kidding…I am lucky to get a toilet cleaned (not a joke…please call before you come over so I can get to that).

I lightly sanded the wood, cleaned it off and then stained the handrail and post an ebony polystain.




I am so thankful that my friend Michelle suggested the polystain because it made the job sooo much easier.

I would stain the wood and then lightly wipe it off. The stain would dry and then I repeated this until I got the depth of color I wanted.

Once the stain was dry I taped and painted all the white.

I have to be honest that this was more work than the stain.

I primed and then painted another four coats.

When I do the upstairs railings I think I will just do the stain.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


Please stop by Old Town Castle Rock for the Towne and Country Market on Saturday if you are in the area.

I will be selling many of my creations and I would truly love to see you!

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  1. suzanne

    What a difference that made!! Looks fantastic! Good luck on your sale…and how exciting that your trip is so close……Bonjour! Bon Voyage, and have a great time! πŸ˜€

  2. meandmyyellowhouse.blogspot.com

    Isn’t it amazing what a small change can make! It’s looks great – it really lightened up that area. I don’t know why builders insist on using the same stain over and over – don’t they know we all want white! πŸ™‚
    Good luck at the show ~

  3. Shanon Gallegos

    Thanks for sharing your DIY projects, it gives us inspiration! I will see you tomorrow at the Towne and Country market. You take cash, right? πŸ™‚

  4. Mikal

    The white may have been more work, but I think it looks spectacular. Great job!!
    Good luck at the market… wish I was closer to come see all the treasures!

  5. lissa

    I can’t believe you took on that project! I would be nervous! But it looks more “you” for sure.

  6. Susan

    Hey! Looks great, I would like to paint all the dark woodwork in my house white. I think it would brighten up the place a lot.
    Why are you going to France? Just for fun or?????????

  7. shannon

    It looks great and you saved so much money doing it yourself!! Good luck this weekend with your sales, wished I lived close so I could come out and spend some money πŸ˜‰

  8. Laurie

    The railing looks great! I don’t think I’ll make it up to the T&C market this Saturday, but I did write about it on examiner.com and showed a photo of some of your beautiful stuff! (With a link back here, of course.) I hope it’s a great success! Jealous about France — have a wonderful time!

  9. Destiny (The Ruffled Nest)

    WOW! I love it! I’ve wanted to do that to these hideous rails we have (instead of walls to separate a couple of our rooms) – they are all that golden wood color – YUCK! I may have to copy and paste your directions into Word so I can help get my house sold faster!!! Looks beautiful! See you tomorrow!

  10. Leah C

    It looks really great…what a difference a “little” change can make:) Have a great weekend!

  11. elisa

    What a huge and beautiful difference…you should send this to a magazine.

  12. Tracy

    Beautiful, Jeanne!!! Totally changes the color/tone of your walls, too … LOVE it! xoxo

  13. Diane @ InMyOwnStyle

    Hi Jeanne –
    It was worth all the time and effort you put into tweaking your staircase – it looks so much better – pretty and fresh. You must be going up and down the stairs now with an extra “happy” kick in your step.

  14. Suz Reaney

    That stain is just beautiful! I am glad to hear about it. We, too, need to redo our floors. We changed our mind the last minutes (years ago) and did them much lighter. I would love to have them darker now.
    I am loving on that angel in the back…she is radiant. I am kind of an angel addict but that is a long story!

  15. Jen@thecottagenest

    Love the way your project turned out. I’m so happy for you that you are doing those projects that you’ve put off. My big regret about my old house is that I waited to do them until we were listing the house. Wish I was close enough to come to your sale!

  16. Debbie

    You are on a roll girlfriend! Your projects are going wonderfully!
    I hope you have an absolutely lovely time in Paris.

  17. Heather

    This looks amazing! I like the darker color much better. You are cracking me up about the toilets. πŸ™‚

  18. lorraine lewis

    are you for hire????-because my banister needs a redo and I can’t seem to find the energy. You did good and I LOVE the art work you have hanging above it.

  19. kana

    The paint job looks really good! I so wish that I was going to France with you. Have a wonderful time and please share all of your pictures and stories with us. Be safe and enjoy!!

  20. Sarah/Brown Dog Studio

    That looks absolutely wonderful and gives your newer (?) home so much depth! I loved hearing about your stain/wipe/repeat technique…I have a table to try it on. Keep up with the projects to keep on inspiring all of us, but can’t WAIT to hear about your France trip as we’re going next year (it will have been 20 years since I was a student and then teacher over there:)

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