Anyway...is it "banister" or "bannister"? You tell me. I don't know the correct spelling. According to Wikipedia, they are both right?
Anyway....There a million and one things I would do differently if I was to do this project over again. Having said that, I'm calling it a success, since the whole aim was to create a safer environment for our little boy-- and that is the one thing that I would say we did well! (Make sure that any baby proofing you do in your home is safe. This was a good solution for us, but it doesn't necessarily mean it would be the best solution for your home.)
There's just one problem.....There's about a 9- 10"gap between the bars around the top... Plenty of space for an inquisitive little boy to crawl right through if he got the chance! Yikes!
We looked into putting perspex (plexiglass) all the way around the top, but it was going to be too expensive. So, I got to thinking. Why not just use some pieces of ply-wood, cover them in some nice wallpaper and attach them to the banister?
Here's how it all basically went down.
- Jim measured the length of the wood we would need, and cut it to size.
- I painted the wood white.
- I cut a long strip of wallpaper about 10" wide, folded it in half over the top edge of the wood, and attached it with wallpaper adhesive to avoid tiny hands getting splinters.
- Jim drilled some holes (without measuring...and at indiscriminate lengths apart) through the guard where we would attach the wood to the railing.
- Using ribbon/cable ties, we attached this monstrosity to the banister railing.
a few steps probably about 5 steps I left out, where things went horribly wrong, and I had to re-think how the project was going to work. Let's just say, this project was a serious thorn in my side for a while. I was glad to finally call it done. It doesn't look that bad now that it's all finished, and it's not too obtrusive. So, I'm choosing to laugh and move on! :)