I started stripping the banister in September 2015. It's 2017 now and I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Here is timeline of progress since we closed on the house a few years (years!) ago:
A few people have asked exactly how to tackle a project like this and my answer is usually to not even start. It's messy, tedious, and unending. But since I'm in this deep, I'll share that my favorite tools have been wire brushes, paint stripper, and this molding scraper blade. My most recent tool purchase, which is my favorite by far, is this set of wax carvers:
Best $8 I've ever spent. I feel like a dentist when I have these laid out next to me, picking one and then another to get into the detailed grooves of the banister and scrape out that pesky brown paint.
We're getting there. I can feel it. A few more episodes of Pod Save America and I'll be home free.