I want to schedule the final inspection for my basement, but I need to finish up the handrail before I can do it.
The rest of the house has a stained oak handrail, with white spindles. This wont work well with the dark flooring I have installed in the basement (hard to match).
Here is what I think my best option would be:
Paint the handrail white to match my baseboard/quarter round/doors. Use metal spindles.
- My biggest queston about this is how will the painted handrail hold up to normal wear and tear? The Glidden oil based gloss trim paint I used in the basement seems to be durable, but I am worried it will get dirty quickly and look bad.
My other option would be to try to stain the handrail to match the flooring.
- I already failed at my first attempt at this (the thresholds I built), so I am hesitant to try this. I would then use white painted spindles. I think this would look really sharp, but will be tough to make look correct.
Does anyone have any opinions between the two options? Does anyone have any alternative ideas?
All input is appreciated!