So I investigated having a painter come and do it for us. He wanted $600. Which I was ready to spend. But...after giving it some thought, I decided to paint it myself. It was a LONG, drawn out process, but I am happy with how it turned out!
Many coats of paint later, it went from drab...
Much better, right?
I went to Home Depot and told the worker behind the paint counter what I was intending to do. THIS was my inspiration photo, which I shared with him. At first, he looked at me like, "You are going to do that yourself?" And then he was super helpful and walked around with me gathering all of the supplies I would need.
He told me about THIS product. It was actually cheaper in the store, $35 for the whole shebang! It comes with a bond coat, which they tint for you with the color of your choice. I chose Espresso. Also in that box, it comes with a glaze, which is thin and runny like stain and gives the paint color more richness, you just rub this over the Espresso when it is dry. In the box is also a clear coat finish that seals the Espresso color when you are all done. (Top railing)
We put our tree up, but haven't gotten it decorated yet. Hopefully tonight. I just love this time of year, don't you! Snuggling and watching the snow fall.
Looks like it might be a white Christmas!