This post is going to be on a house project that I actually had very little part in – my husband is an artist, and he is quite excited to add his touch to our house plans. This is the first (of many) heavily artistic projects he has finished and I think it turned out just awesomely.
When we purchased our house, there was a spot at the top of the stairwell that just… didn’t have a railing. The spot had been poorly boarded up with a piece of wood, and it really stood out as something that just looked unfinished, and a little dangerous.
Rather than just paint the board and call it a day, my husband designed a lovely Art Nouveau inspired piece to cover the opening, particularly modeled after the artwork by Alphonse Mucha, the ‘father of Art Nouveau.’
He traced his design out onto a higher quality piece of wood, and (luckily) we had a friend who does woodworking offer to cut out the design for us. After being cut, sanded, stained, and sprayed with a matte varnish, it came out like this:
While that was a lot of work, we also had the tricky task of matching the framing to the existing stairwell woodwork. We scrounged up some similar looking antique railing pieces from our local construction salvage store, and the husband cobbled them together to match perfectly. I swear you would never be able to tell the difference now!
We then got all the pieces securely fastened together and in place, painted over any pieces of trim that were showing, and now have an absolutely beautiful railing that looks like it could have been there all along! It is such a satisfying update to the way it looked before. I’m lucky to have married such a talented artist!