Back in May I started a new makeover for my foyer and upstairs hallway and I am happy to say that I’m finally finished!! I’ve been sharing the changes I’ve made as I’ve gone along so please check out my previous updates on this makeover:



With my third and final phase of this project, I mostly focused on updating the banister on the stairway in the foyer. Take a look at how it looked at the beginning of this phase:

As you can see it is quite dated and blah looking. My goal was to improve the look of all of this railing without going over budget. As I brainstormed ideas, I immediately gravitated to this:


Ever since Joanna Gaines revealed the makeover of her bed and breakfast I’ve been in love with this black iron railing!! I love the clean modern look, and I knew it would look great in my house.

However, it didn’t take me long to realize this was simply not a possibility for me because of the steep price. Turns out I have about 44 linear ft of railing in total and to hire a professional to make and install that much railing was going to be incredibly expensive! I realized that with my limited budget, my best option would be to focus on altering what was already there instead of completely replacing it.

I decided to stain the railing black, paint the newel posts white, and replace the balusters with a more minimal tapered style baluster. Here’s the final look:

I like that there is less of the oak wood in the foyer now, but the color of the floors still really bothers me! Eventually when we have the money, we’ll have the floors sanded and stained a different color and I think that will be a huge improvement.

With the banister finished, I only had a couple other quick changes to make.

I replaced all of the polished brass door hardware with matte black hardware. This has been on my to-do list for a while and I finally got around to changing all of the doors in the whole house.

I also changed out the two dated builder grade chandeliers in the foyer with more interesting modern ones.

Then it was time to bring in all of the accessories and I was finally done with this makeover!!!

Let’s take a quick look back at how everything used to look in the foyer…

And here is how it looks now!

Notice the vent under the stairs is painted to blend with the wall color and is also covered by the table and the baskets. The only way you notice it is if you sit down on the floor in the hallway.

That unfinished trim area under the stairs is looking much better now.

I love how the space now coordinates with the adjacent dining room and home office.

So here is a reminder of how the upstairs hallway used to look…

And here’s what it looks like now!

I feel like the matte black door hardware is an important detail to finish off the look of these spaces.

The hallway now coordinates with the bonus room upstairs.

Notice I also stained the handrail black in our second stairway and replaced the polished brass hardware with matte black.

So that’s it… I’m so happy to have this long-awaited makeover project done!!


LIGHT FIXTURES  |  Overstock
BASKETS  |  Hayneedle
VASES  |  CB2, Pier 1
TRAY  |  McGee & Co


  1. Avatar Sarah Snyder

    Looks great! How did you remove the scrollwork under the steps? And where did you get the spindles? It reminds me of my outdated foyer

    • Avatar Stephanie @ Studio 36 Interiors

      Hi Sarah, I used a small crowbar and a hammer to remove the scrollwork. It wasn’t hard, they were each attached with a few small nails. I ordered the spindles online from a company that sells stair parts (can’t remember the name off the top of my head, but let me know if you want me to track it down). Thanks!

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