Things are moving along at the house. This last week we got the railing over the loft and stairs done.


I wanted to keep the detail of the birdsmouth’s on the rafter beams to add some interest. And Because I think they look cool :). I had them all face into the loft so from downstairs it looks clean. But from upstairs it’s a bit ummmm…….random. πŸ˜‰


Cole and Jerry (carpenter) notched the floor cap beams out so they lay over the drywall. This made it so there was no need to trim along the bottom, my idea……but a big job for them. That old wood is hard to notch out!!

The posts and bottom floor cap are bigger beams, than the railing and the railing cap. The guys drilled a hole in the bottom of the beams and places it over these pipes. They won’t move….ever. Super heavy duty.




That new wood, in the foreground of the photo with Big T looking over the stairs, is our wood floors for the upstairs. It is acclimating now. Excited to see how that is going to look. πŸ˜„

I was not sure what we were going to make this railing out of. There was a lot of time spent on pinterest. We looked into wood with pipe, iron, even old doors. But we had all this reclaimed wood left over, and it seemed silly not to use it. I am happy we did.

I was very worried that the wood was going to look too heavy. But it seems to work with the height of the loft railing from down stairs. And upstairs it makes the loft/playroom really cozy. And it gives everyone a chance to see all the detail, nail holes, saw marks, white paint and age of this pre-civil war era wood.

Andddddd…….added bonus is I can relax when the kids are upstairs. The 11 foot fall was always worrisome for me. 😁.

The base and trim are all done as well, so now on to paint.

The painters are in and busy prepping, we were going to paint ourselves but our painter talked Cole into letting him. πŸ˜‹. He will do a much better job than me….

And our ever present little helper…hauling rafter railing up the stairs. πŸ’™

Happy Saturday everyone.
Thanks for reading,
Holly 😊


13 thoughts on “Railing

  1. Holly, it is looking so good. I’m getting very excited for you. The railing looks excellent. Not at all heavy, due to so much light and white around it. The walls and trim downstairs also look great. You guys are working hard. Are you keeping “day jobs” at the same time? I think painting is a good job to give away. The pros are so good at it. Assuming you have no special talent for it (like me) it will make quite a difference to the finish.

    • Thanks Jo, I am glad you don’t think it looks too heavy. I was really worried about that. I love rustic…..but clean and not heavy. I am very relieved it worked.

      We have been slacking on the day jobs. Ha!! Horses are out in the pastures so they didn’t need to be ridden everyday. But fields are needing to get plowed and seeded so that is going to have to get done soon. Our trailer house is a disaster. I have zero interest in keeping it looking good. All my focus is on the new house. I will hang out there and watch progress instead of staying home and doing laundry. Luckily our properties are less than a mile apart. So we go back and forth all day.

  2. I love everything about your house. Those wood railings are just gorgeous and have so much character and interest. I think you are really succeeding in the ‘clean and not heavy rustic’ style. I’d like to out source the painting where possible as well, I loathe painting – it amazes me that something so repetitive and mundane still requires such a high level of attention to detail and focus. However, my husband thinks that painters don’t do much of a better than job to him (I beg to differ) and therefore will not outsource the painting.

  3. Pre-civil war wood! That sounds awesome, such character. I think the railing looks great – solid and grounded but not heavy. Goes really well with the ceiling too!

  4. Beautiful railing! You guys have made some fabulous choices – your house is going to be beyond amazing πŸ™‚ I don’t think the railings look heavy at all – they are a statement piece, which is just perfect. I couldn’t imagine painting all those high walls myself – glad you are having someone else do it. I’ve painted enough in my days, and I’d be just content not having to do anymore πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks Jennifer, it’s been neat to see all our ‘out of the box’ ideas come to life.

      I feel the same way……I can’t believe I thought I could paint all that. It’s been such a huge job for them.

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