I've been slooowly working on the banister and spindles.
The banister needed a lot of patching and sanding. Followed by staining and polyurethan-ing (sp?). It looks very neat and clean and finished now. So it is done. Forever.
But the spindles. Oh the spindles!
I am halfway done with the them. Working very carefully to make perfectly straight lines where the banister and spindles meet.
I took this photo while doing the first coat:
The thing is, it's looking really awesome. The decision to paint everything BUT the banister was the right one. So it is worth the short-term tedium.
More photos coming soon!