Procrastination Nation

It was over a month ago, when I repainted our divider railing between the dining room and family room a shiny oil-rubbed bronze.  Without skipping a beat, I started on the large staircase and then I never finished it.  Really.  The bottom half (that required more cutting in) was still gray, and I brushed one coat of oil-rubbed bronze on before I got distracted…for over a month.  Our friends and family that have been over during that time even pointed it out and questioned what was going on.  I replied with nervous laughter, “Oh, we’re always right in the middle of things around here.”
Recently, I noticed how dated our high-traffic House Tour tab was, and I figured it was time to put the procrastination to an end so I could snap a new photo.  This one is currently the photo of the staircase in the House Tour:

Gray railings, the painting in the dining room before I finished it, and the built-ins aren’t shown. Now for the updated photo:

Much better, or at least more true to life–and eons away from how it looked when we first moved into our home last April:

While both Chris and I do prefer the oil-rubbed bronzed railings, they still feel very stark to us.  Hopefully down the road, we’ll be able to upgrade them all together.  As far as process goes, especially when it comes to cutting in near the carpet, I used the same technique I did when I painted the railings gray.  You can check out that video here.

I think our staircase holds the record for the most amount of transformations in a single year in our home.  You can see how it looked when we first moved in above.

Then, I added a slew of artwork:

Then the railings and spindles got a coat of gray paint:

Then I simplified things with a few family photos:

Then the railings and spindles got painted again:

While the ornate spindles aren’t exactly our style, we are loving the classic oil-rubbed bronze look that will appeal to a broader group of people if we don’t get the chance to change things before we sell.  Not that we are planning on selling our home anytime soon, but we don’t plan on being here forever and when we’re making decor decisions “what is best for resale” is definitely always on our minds.

So it took a month.  Okay, over a month.  But now it is done and it is the weekend!  Any fun plans?  We hope to make some progress in our entryway revamp and check out a new restaurant in town.  And who knows, maybe Greta will even want to sleep in!  :)

P.s.  We announced the winner of this week’s giveaway here.


  • Reply May 16, 2016


    What color is the gray on your walls in the foyer? Looks great!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Lexy @ The Proper Pinwheel

    Wow! Those look SO much better! I would enter the giveaways, but I don’t have a place to call my own! Rats.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Lyndsay @ that 70s house

    wow, it’s amazing the difference! the ornate railings are not my style either, but it is seriously AMAZING how modern the ORB paint makes them look!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Melissa W.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the dark railings!

  • Reply December 31, 2012


    They look great! The starkness makes them look sharp.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Jessica Jackson

    Julia, I just love all your ideas! Keep it up!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Diana @ Boy + Girl

    I love the way the railing looks in ORB. Great transformation. I actually really liked it grey too.

  • Reply December 31, 2012


    I had a few bags before, but I think they ripped in the many moves we’ve done. They aren’t too expensive, maybe 3 bags for $12-15 I think. They seriously work SO good. I’ve used them before for traveling, especially when all 3 of us need to use the same suitcase. Not helpful if where you’re visiting doesn’t have a vacuum lol. We ALMOST made that mistake when we flew to Portland for my bros wedding last September.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Megan R

    It looks awesome and so modern. I seriously love it.

  • Reply December 31, 2012


    Very classic look, for sure! I like it a lot!

  • Reply December 31, 2012


    Hot damn! These crisp ORB stair rails look AWESOME.

  • Reply December 31, 2012


    Looks so good, I will be showing my husband that railing tonight. We need to update the one we have. Just did a mini reno in our kitchen, and the railing we have does not match up to it.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    Staci, no we didn’t spraypaint. They actually make a brush-on version, too! We used a product by Rustoleum called “Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover Premium Metallic Paint” in Oil Rubbed Bronze. You can catch all the details and even a shot of the can in this post from when we painted the smaller railing:

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Staci @ My Friend Staci

    How did you paint them? Not with ORB spraypaint, surely! What kind of paint did you use?

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    That sounds so rejuvenating!! I have so many clothes that I don’t wear anymore or don’t fit me (I was a chub when we first got married!) that I just want to get rid of! The vacuum seal bag is such a good idea. Do you have one??

    I am jealous of your gorgeous weather, it’s supposed to be thunderstorms all weekend here. :(

  • Reply December 31, 2012


    I always know when I don’t win a giveaway. No text. No nothing :-( waaaaaaaah! Hahaha just kidding. I hope that gift card goes to someone who really needs its!!

    I LOVE the dark railing. Super sophisticated. What a transformation! That first picture when you moved in is seriously horrific. Like, gag. You and Chris have mad skills!

    This weekend: park with Brinley who is dying to run around in the sun (and have some playtime with daddy), target to return a dress I ambitiously thought would fit for longer than 3 days- word of the wise, linen and pregnancy do not mesh, possibly playing outside in the sprinklers since we have gorgeous weather all weekend, and a treat for me- cleaning out my clothes. Winter stuff. Old stuff. Stuff I don’t wear. All must go. I wore my winter coat one time this winter! I don’t know what to do with it all. We have tons of coats! Thinking I’ll do the vacuum seal bags for the coats so we have them, but they don’t take up massive room.

  • Reply December 31, 2012


    I’m always impressed that you can make something that already looks spectacular– look even better!

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