Let's roll back for a hot second and remember where we started, just to feel extra accomplished today...
The furniture was removed/sold, the carpet was removed, insulation was added, and we prepped for some paint. The next step was to fix a few things that would be hidden with the carpet and needed to be addressed now - missing/broken floor boards, squeeky floors/stair treads, and this...a railing.
First of all, let's see past that it's actually an outdoor railing. It's what I inherited so i'll love it just the same. The guy who inspected my house noted that it would need a fix/change since it was so wobbly. Railings, to meet code, need to withhold around 250lbs. The end that isn't attached to a wall can be bent a good 6" from side to side, which isn't so safe. After exhausting a few alternatives (Build a new railing! Buy a custom one!) my options were few and expensive since typical lengths are 6' and 8'. Guess how long mine is?! 7. SO, option C, have your father lug over 3 tons of welding equipment to attach a sturdier plate to the bottom! #victory ah, he's such a trooper.
While he was working on that, we (mom, boy and I) cranked out this:
Now I just need some carpet/painted doors and this room will be deemed DONE.