DIY Banister Update – Part 3

Even though it is late I am still getting this up on Sunday! ( yes, I am patting myself on the back right now ) this DIY has been such a pain in my rear that for this final banister post I wanted to pass on my learned-the-hard-way wisdom.

#1 Don’t rush the preparation! I will admit that I did everything the way I was advised to but I only had a limited amount of time to get it ready while grandma watched the little one. So if I had to do it again – which I won’t, EVER – I would definitely set aside more time for prep work.

#2 If you are in doubt when buying supplies buy more than you think you need and keep your receipt! The worst thing ever is when you are working on a project and you run out of something and you have to make the drive all the way back to Home Depot. I would also suggest making a list before you go, whatever is not used just return.

#3 Cover your flooring extremely well. I would even go as far as to suggest taping your tarps to the floor so nothing moves out of place. I did not do this and our carpet got quite a few paint drip (sorry babe)

#4 Remove your painters tape when the paint is tacky, do not wait until your paint is dry. Not only will you life up your tape, but also portions of paint off you banister Yikes!

#5 know when to call it quits. This is very hard advice for me to follow especially when I start to get frustrated with a project. I want to keep at it until it is perfect and in reality, especially with this DIY, it was / is never going to be perfect so I just needed to walk away. To be honest I knew this project would be a major undertaking, but even then I underestimated it!

I hope you all enjoyed this DIY, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments 😁

-Allison

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