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Stairs rails wood Vs Metal/Iron Spindles

we might be getting rid our carpet in our stairs & replace oak. One guy was suggesting that we put Metal/Iron spindles instead of wood. Is it a good idea? or still wood is recommended?
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Cheap metal looks like crap. Cheap wood spindles can still look nice. Just be prepared for the metal costs.
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Nothing ages a house more than railings/spindles.

Try to get something that you feel matches the overall architecture of the house and while at the same time is fairly plain. More function than form.
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Current trend is metal or glass.

I personally prefer wood as it is more classical design theme. I recently did my basement to 2nd floor.

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bubuski wrote: Current trend is metal or glass.

I personally prefer wood as it is more classical design theme. I recently did my basement to 2nd floor.

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That looks sharp. Nice job. Who did them?
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Toukolou wrote: That looks sharp. Nice job. Who did them?
Thanks!

Contractor #1 through a friend did main floor to upstairs. I started the basement section but only did the treads then hired Contractor #2 to finish up. Contractor #2 then hired a sub-contractor to finish up. Started June 2017 finished December 2019.

I posted a thread about it and the cost
getting-my-stairs-redone-red-oak-guess- ... d-2107432/
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bubuski wrote: Thanks!

Contractor #1 through a friend did main floor to upstairs. I started the basement section but only did the treads then hired Contractor #2 to finish up. Contractor #2 then hired a sub-contractor to finish up. Started June 2017 finished December 2019.

I posted a thread about it and the cost
getting-my-stairs-redone-red-oak-guess- ... d-2107432/
2 1/2 yrs?! My wife would sh*t bricks. Lol! They turned out really nice though.
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Toukolou wrote: 2 1/2 yrs?! My wife would sh*t bricks. Lol! They turned out really nice though.
Haha. It's not as bad as it sounds.

It took 3 days to do the main floor to 2nd floor, then I attempted DIY on the basement section. The basement space was not finished at the time so priority was very low on the stairs till I eventually ran out of time...so had to hire someone else to take over my half finished project which took 2 days.

Besides Mrs Bubuski cant through a stink because she calls the shot on what takes priority. I cant work on our stairs if changing the interior doors at my SIL is higher on the list.
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If you are doing wood, do white painted pickets, preferably white & square design (like what bubuski posted)
stained wood picket is probably the most "old fashioned" styles (i.e. builder default standard)

iron pickets are nice too (i think similar popularity to white pickets nowadays), just don't pick something that looks like they are from the 80s.


Replacing pickets should be 1-3 days work generally. Budget $15 - $25/pc for wood, and $20 - $30/pc for wrought iron installed.
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We put metal ones in this past summer when we did the stairs/floors. We both love the way it turned out. We chose to go with gun metal grey instead of traditional black.
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bubuski wrote: Besides Mrs Bubuski cant through a stink because she calls the shot on what takes priority. I cant work on our stairs if changing the interior doors at my SIL is higher on the list.
I feel this to my core... Very very early on in our marriage my wife came around the back of the truck and knee capped herself on the trailer hitch and yelled at me why I hadn’t removed it yet. I was standing there with the trailer IN MY HAND having literally just unhooked it. Ever since there is a list of priorities that is mutually discussed as to being realistic. No complaining why the stuff on the bottom isn’t done and I know what she cares about, even if I don’t as much.
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Would this be a bad idea to go black stain with off-white pickets ?
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dreaderus wrote: Would this be a bad idea to go black stain with off-white pickets ?
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I saw this on a design blog once, they had no black anywhere else within eyeshot of the stairs. If you don't have black anywhere else (e.g. trim or furniture or doors..) I wouldn't do black. I thought it looked really bad.

The stairs themselves looked beautiful, but man it really didn't work in their space. At least to my eye.
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I might be foolish but that doesn't look half bad TBH lol but i hear what your saying

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