Farmhouse Newel Post Makeover

Simple DIY for a farmhouse style newel post

Giving a newel post a farmhouse makeover is really quite a simple process.

With a few tools, some MDF and cove base, we were able to give our boring newel a whole new look.

So here is new post about a newel post

. . . . . I couldn’t resist.

When we first moved in, we tore out the lovely 60’s railing get up that went from the floor to the ceiling (!) and left the previous newel post in place to save time.

It was an awkward looking 3×4 for awhile.

Finally,  we got around to making it more decorative and symmetrical;

I am so much happier with it now.

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Tools and Materials

 

Tutorial

Simple DIY for a farmhouse style newel post

First, we glued and nailed a piece of MDF to the newel post to make it square.

(If you have a more curvy newel post, you can build a case right around it to get to this point.)

Simple DIY for a farmhouse style newel post

We wrapped the base with 3/4″ MDF to build it out.

Simple DIY for a farmhouse style newel post

To trim the base, we glued 1 inch cove base to the top of the MDF and added some more for decoration.

Simple DIY for a farmhouse style newel post

 

Simple DIY for a farmhouse style newel post

 

Simple DIY for a farmhouse style newel post

 

For the cap, we just used 3/4″ MDF.

Note- make sure when you do this that the cap is large enough to cover the cove pieces.

Simple DIY for a farmhouse style newel post

Next, we primed the entire newel post and let it dry.

Then we filled nail holes and seams with sparkle,

let it dry and sanded.

After that, we filled everything again with red glazing putty and sanded to a smooth finish.

We wiped off the dust and caulked the 90 degree joints.

We primed one last time and

 finally, painted with oil base paint.

Whew, I was getting tired just typing that!

Simple DIY for a farmhouse style newel post

And here is the finished product!

Simple DIY for a farmhouse style newel post

 

Simple DIY for a farmhouse style newel post

For more stairway inspiration,

you are welcome to visit my

“Stairways to Heaven” Pinterest Board.

Simple DIY for a farmhouse style newel post

No sliding on the banister!

Simple DIY for a farmhouse style newel post

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16 Comments

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 2, 2016 / 2:06 PM

      Oh, thank you, Sherry! And yes, I will check out the link up.

  1. Pamela
    September 28, 2016 / 11:56 AM

    The new post looks great. The how too seems easy enough. Have a great day!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 2, 2016 / 2:06 PM

      Pamela, it was much easier than anticipated!

  2. September 28, 2016 / 2:27 PM

    Brilliant idea, Sarah! I’m going to try this out on our staircase. Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 2, 2016 / 2:07 PM

      Oooh, send pics!
      xoxo

  3. Brenda McAdam
    September 28, 2016 / 2:49 PM

    Just lovely. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 2, 2016 / 2:07 PM

      Thank you, Brenda, you are the sweetest!

  4. October 3, 2016 / 8:26 PM

    I love it, such a perfect way to add character to that stairway.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 6, 2016 / 9:57 PM

      Thank you, Deb! That means a lot coming from someone as talented as you!

  5. Tanya Hulbert
    October 3, 2016 / 9:53 PM

    Um, I can’t remember your old one needing to be fixed up but this looks incredible! You two, once again, make a great team! Nice work! I really wish my stairway railings were wood stained. White shows everything!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 6, 2016 / 9:58 PM

      Haha! You are so sweet and your railing is lovely.

  6. Susan
    October 4, 2016 / 6:31 AM

    I love your house tour! The school room is great and the whole house just has a great relaxed and peaceful quality.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 6, 2016 / 9:59 PM

      Oh wow! Those are huge compliments, I really want people to feel that way when they are in my house.

  7. October 5, 2016 / 7:36 AM

    This turned out really beautiful. That whole space is so welcoming! I hope you’ll share your project with us at #thecraftycorner link party this week. Have a great day 🙂

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 6, 2016 / 10:00 PM

      Thank you for the invite and the kind words!!

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