11:52AM | 01/23/14
Thanks ahead of time for all your great advice.
I have a dark brown satin oak hardwood flooring already installed. We are now replacing our staircase with maple tread and newel posts along with poplar balusters. The idea is to stain the treads handrail and newel posts and paint white the trim and balusters.

The question is, what sheen should we do the treads stain and paint to look well with our floor. We get a choice for the treads and one for the white balusters (csn be different sheen)

We do want the treads to stain a darker brown black than our floor and the balusters white as that seems to give an elegant look.

We have a choice between satin, semi,or high gloss in each.

Thanks so much for your help


08:05AM | 01/24/14
Member Since: 01/14/14
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It's just a matter of what looks good to you.
Why would you go with maple treads and not oak?
Maples a very hard and light colored wood and is a pain to try and stain a dark color.
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