Another one of the great things that the Impressions team do is restore period handrails and staircases in period homes.
So often people get their entire house painted, but neglect to restore the handrail of their staircase; which is in fact, one of the first things that you see on entering their home. Some of these may not have been redone in 150 years.
I am glad to say that this trend is changing and that people are realising the importance of the visual finish that the restoration of the handrail in their hallway will achieve.
“Where can I get my handrail on my staircase restored?” they ask. Look no further! Whether one chooses to get the handrail French polished, which is a truly spectacular finish, or the more reasonable option of getting your handrail stripped and treated, with some of the latest non-polyurethane finishes in gloss or satin. We in the Impressions team have it covered.
The first thing we do to the handrail is to strip it back to the raw, natural wood, using specialist tools for stripping and restoration. Next, we rub down the wooden surface with fine wire wool and clean the wood with a lint-free cloth and white spirits. It is now you can see the beauty of the natural wood coming out. If you choose to get it French polished, our French polisher will have done something similar as just described, but after that, it’s all top secret. Established in the early 1900’s it’s a family secret as to how they get their incredible finish.
On the other hand, if you go with the varnish option, these new, non-polyurethane, water-based varnishes penetrate deep into the grain of the wood, so they will not crack or flake over time.
One simply paints a coat on to the hand rail allowing it to absorb as you go.
When dry, we repeat the process of rubbing down with fine wire wool and clean off this time with a damp cloth.
Then paint another coat on, we repeat the process three times. Now your handrail will look fantastic!
So think handrail restoration for your staircase and never look back.
Before photo of a period staircase we restored in a Georgian house in Ranelagh
Stripped and painted balustrade and freshly stripped handrail in a period house in Ranelagh
Fully painted and restored handrail and staircase in a Georgian period home in Ranelagh