Balustrade and Stairwell Redo - Lynn Marie and Ken Kobylanski

We purchased a house that was built in 1850, it was abandoned and damaged. We saw the potential in it, and decided to take on the challenge and bring it back to life.

We used our imagination, and some ideas from the internet. The railing on the staircase was cut off, stolen, and most of the balusters were missing. We decided to try to find an archway with columns and use one as a newel at the bottom of the curved staircase. We had been to many salvage yards and stores, and finally found exactly what we had envisioned. The columns came from a home built in 1860, a perfect match! So we purchased two columns, four arches, and corbels at Rochester ReHouse. We painstakingly sanded them down, almost to the bare wood, leaving all the nooks and crannies to show the architectural history of our find, applied three coats of stain and two coats of Helmel polyurethane. We then purchased a railing piece, the balusters, as well as french doors from the 1800's, at another salvage store, also to be installed in the foyer. Once finished, the stairs were carpeted to complete the look we were trying to achieve. It was hard work, preserving a piece of history, but are extremely happy with the way it turned out...a vision of ours that came true, because we were able to bring back the architectural history and keep it going once again.  

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