Landing Becomes Living Space

We also:

  • Replaced a light fixture
  • Painted drywall and new cabinetry
  • Stained Railings
  • Painted spindles
  • Installed a sconce
  • Added a table/desk to room


Railings: $298
Spindles: $55.28
Window Stool: $10
Crown: $17
Base: $30
Lumber: $431
Paint: $22/gallon (2)
Stain: $17/half-pint
Light Fixtures: upstairs, $89 per fixture (2); downstairs, $275
Sconce: $89
Flooring: $1.79/sq. ft.

Post-Production Thoughts


Wyndy’s idea to expand the landing over her entryway was a great one but even after the structure was complete, she realized she was in over her head with some of the remaining details.

By re-working some of the existing handrail and adding several feet to it we’ve turned a novelty area into legitimate living space. And changing the rail stain from light to dark has taken years off this home.

The window seat and built-in shelves will make it functional for Parker but they’re also an attractive addition that will improve the value of this home in years to come.

And continuing the same flooring used throughout the house into this space not only completes it, it makes it feel like it’s always been here… and that was our goal.

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  1. What was the name of the stain you used to make the stair rail go from an oak color to a dark color?
    Thank you.
    Phyllis Reavis

  2. I really enjoy your show. It’s inspiring to see each step of the project and all the helpful hints. I was hoping you could provide more information on the stain that was used for the railing in “Landing Project”. I really liked how it had a great deep luster. Thank you for keeping me motivated as I work my way through all my home improvement projects.

  3. I live in a mid 50’s Cape Cod type home in the Pittsburgh, PA area, with a single car garage. Sometime in the past, a layer of concrete, approximately an inch thick, was added to the floor, apparently to level it. Where the car tires travel, the concrete has become pocked, and in some places, delaminating from the old floor. If I were to use a floor leveling concrete product, would it be strong enough to hold up to a car parking on it on a daily basis? Would water, and or salt from the winter roads, deteriorate it? Can it be sealed with a concrete sealer? What is the maximum thickness a concrete leveling product can be applied?
    Love the show which I DVR weekly. Very practical issues that can be completed by most DIYers.
    Ed Schmidt

  4. next time you have to install many spindals, use a stiff paper or cardboard strip with holes to keep spindals aligined. to make removal easier cut from hole to edge. just watched that program.

  5. Comment on Ahh!! Kind of like magic, don’t you think?

    I really like reading the Tips for Today’s Homeowner with Danny


    Home Improvement and Do-It-Yourself projects are time well spent.

    It is nice to read about different things that can be done for a home.

    It can give someone ideas.

    It can also be very helpful to know this information when taking care

    of a home.


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