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what to do with oak stair rails and newel posts

4 years ago

We bought an 18 year old home and for the past year, have been updating it. We took out all the oak 2 1/2" flooring thru out and replaced with 4 inch white oak stained with provincial. We're happy with the floors and stairs but still have original oak on the railings and newel posts (contractor wouldn't touch). I've tried the Java gel stain with much frustration. I'm looking at painting them black but would love to have

a subtle graining look coming thru the paint. It was suggested to water down the paint, one half ratio, to get a more translucent look. Has anyone tried this or have any suggestions/advice?

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