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A DIY Handrail from a Peeled Tree Branch

A DIY Handrail from a Peeled Tree Branch

Recently, the editors of Remodelista posted on the guest rooms at Table on Ten in upstate New York. The detail they most admired? A graceful tree branch used as a handrail in the attic stairwell.

The biggest challenge, of course, is finding a perfectly formed branch (walks in the woods will be required). You’ll need to remove the bark with a draw knife, dry the branch for a couple of weeks, sand it, and finish it with oil (or another natural conditioner and protectant).

Above: The owners of Table on Ten painted a dark gray runner on the stairs.

Above: The look is graceful and organic.

Above: A detail of the finished handrail.

Above: The hand rail blends in with the rest of the room’s natural decor.

Branches can make surprisingly good sources for decor. To see other examples, visit Remodelista‘s posts Trees & Branches as Decor and DIY: Branch Light.

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1:43PM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

I love this idea !

3:23AM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

Thanks for sharing

1:23AM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

So beautiful, thanks.

8:38PM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

Beautiful accent piece.

8:03PM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

thanks for posting

2:55PM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

Good idea!
Thank you.

2:32PM PDT on Jul 20, 2013


12:57PM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

As long as the branches are among the fallen, it's okay to use. However, we need all the live trees we can get.

11:52AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

Not 4 my home but I like it 4 the cottage instead! thanks

8:43AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

i love this idea but not ideal for where i live...but thanks for sharing

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