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The cost and trouble of replacing an old basement banister rail might not be worth it considering it’s just for the basement, but getting splinters while going up/down the stair is really annoying and painful.

 

I found a simple solution.  I took a left over roll of wallpaper border from one of my many home improvement projects and turned it into a banister rail cover.

 

Simple how to instructions:

 

Follow the wallpaper border installation instructions, but apply the wallpaper to the basement handrail instead of the wall.

 

In the photo my daughter is holding up a leftover piece of wallpaper border next to the repaired handrail.

 

This project has held up for five years and counting; is cleaner than paint (which tends to get ugly with continual handrail usage) and has a design that looks great for a basement banister.  And most important: Zero Splinters!

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