Sunday, August 18, 2013

diy staircase finials...

Do you all remember my clients I introduced you to in mid-July, we've been hard at work
trying to accomplish everything by our deadline this coming weekend. 
I should have given you a sneak peek before now, they've been weekend warriors
cranking out awesome diys as fast as I can pin them!  


Our inspiration was this staircase with those incredible glass ball finials.
We had the hardest time trying to find something that would work,
 right size, didn't have to be shipped from the UK, not crazy expensive, something
that worked with the existing newel post, etc.  


I happened to be checking one of my Pinterest boards,
 and look what I had pinned...a year ago!
Light bulb!
 Exactly what we'd been searching for, who knew they'd be finials for drapery hardware. :)

Restoration Hardware
Set of 2 - Large  

It gets better...she found two of the five we needed at our Restoration Hardware Outlet
for a steal! :)  

                                BEFORE                                                              AFTER
They decided to leave this diy to a professional, and had them installed by a contractor.
 After testing the stability of epoxy on a sample board, he cut off the existing finials and drilled
 a hole to accommodate the screw on the end of the finial and used epoxy to secure it.
(The screw on the end of the finial was a metric size that wasn't readily available, this was
the best alternative they came up with.)

If you want a peek at some other elements we've included check out my
  Pinterest Board - Client K.

Can't wait to share the reveal with you, or maybe some teaser diys first. :)


27 comments:

Khammany @ Sweet Inspired Home said...

#1 These crystal finials look gorgeous! So creative and unique!
#2 There is Restoration Hardware Outlet???!!! I was about to run upstairs and wake up my sleeping hubby with my screams of excitement until I remembered that he needs his sleep since he has to catch a 6am flight tomorrow. But I cannot wait to go there next weekend! Yippee!!!

Tracey Steele@Breathing English Air said...

A very impressive transformation. The staircase is striking anyway, but the changes really enhance the look. I love the finials. I'm sure I would cover them in fingerprints because they look so tactile!

MONICA LIVAS said...

Wonderful!

elaine owens said...

looks great pam. nice work!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Oh Pam - that is SUCH a lovely and interesting detail! I have never seen anything other than wood as the finial, and the glass is so pretty and unexpected. The stairs look amazing - what a before and after!!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Now that is an impressive solution. Painting the railing made such a difference, too.

Kim said...

Oh my ... I am about to undertake a stair reno ... and this is quite inspiring! xo

Unknown said...

What a great transformation. Love the paint and the finials. My daughter would want to fill them w/faux snow in the winter!

Lori

Beth of designPOST Interiors said...

That is so ingenious and gorgeous!! Love it!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

LOVE this!!! so fun and pretty!

Dana Frieling said...

So cool! Even better that your client scored a deal.

Kristin@bliss-athome.com said...

I don't think I've ever seen anyone do this before! Such a great idea :) xo Kristin

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

BRILLIANT !!!

Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell said...

Very smart!! In our new house the railings are so disgustingly dirty...I went through a whole magic eraser on just one. I really thought of cutting off the finials but couldn't figure out what to replace them with...maybe this is my solution!

Mrs. DeVore said...

Those are stunning, what a fabulous idea!

Vel Criste said...

WOW!! A huge bling for this NOW marvelous staircase! Great job PAM!!!!

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

OMG! those are killer! Love the paint job too. It looks so glam :)

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

WOW!!! I love the way that looks!

Julia Konya said...

Amazing idea and I'm totally in love with it!

Patti-Ann said...

those are some mighty large curtain rod finials!

therelishedroost said...

Great idea.. chic details!

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

omg fantastic Pam, I absolutely LOVE LOVE THIS!!! I like glass everything. The stair transformation is amazing. Great job and thank you clients for taking your lead! beautiful.
xo Nancy

Luci @Bungalow At Home said...

I like it! It's all in the details...

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love the finials!...Talk about adding bling to the staircase great idea!...Beautiful.

Cynthia said...

I used the same idea for my antique bed. It was missing finials and I used crystal drapery finials. I get more compliments on my bed.

FOYO' STUDIO said...

This looks wonderful. What is the diameter of the finials?

pam {simple details} said...

Hi Foyo Studio - I'm not really sure and my clients have moved, but I'd guess about 3.5" in diameter. It doesn't say on the Restoration Hardware website, but they may be able to tell you if you contact them.

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