Also, a few weeks ago, I had my staircase railings replaced. Of course I wanted it to look like driftwood, so I gave the guys the same steel wool & vinegar recipe that I used on my rescued table. The handrail that goes down the length of the staircase is galvanized steel pipe that is set into the masonry wall. It is so sturdy. I could do pull-ups on it if I was shorter.
I painted the walls, ceiling, trim, floor and steps.
Here are before and after photos of everything...
Hall closet, BEFORE:
Hall closet, AFTER:
Staircase & handrail, BEFORE:
Staircase & handrail, AFTER:
Landing and railing, BEFORE: