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DIY Cable Railing

Hey guys! Is it Wednesday already? This past week has completely flown by. We have been so busy with week 2 of the One Room Challenge and I am not joking when I say we have been burning the midnight oil to finish our DIY Cable Railing. If you missed week 1 make sure you check it out to see all the plans for this makeover. This week we opened up our breakfast nook to the family room below which was a high priority on the six week to do list. Are you ready to see how it turned out?

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Gahhh! I am seriously in love! Words cannot express how much this railing has changed both the kitchen and the family room. To give you the full picture, let’s take a look at the original state of this wall when we first bought the house.Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Cable Railing Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Cable Railing

 And this is what it looked like just last week before we took down the wall.Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Cable Railing

I first had the idea to change this half wall to a railing when touring a similar house to ours with some clients. From that moment on, I could not stop thinking about how open the floor plan would feel with a railing. Not to mention the glass blocks felt so dated. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I recently got the Mr. on board with my crazy idea to take it down and put up a railing! 

DIY Cable Railing

Naturally the next question was what do we put in its place? I have seen so many jaw dropping railings from completely custom to semi DIY. Since we are in the middle of a pandemic, I wasn’t crazy about having someone working in the house so I priced out a semi custom option we could install ourselves and a few DIY options. Let’s just say there was a significant price difference between the two. I am frugal by nature, but also love to create! As such, we chose to fully customize a DIY Cable Railing.Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Cable Railing

Now I am not going to go through all the details right now because I just don’t have time for a full tutorial, but I will do one after the One Room Challenge is over πŸ™‚ To kick off the project, I ordered the main components of the railing, the cable and lag screws.

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Then we got to the fun part, DEMO DAY! You can see more of the demo process as well as behind the scenes in my Instagram stories and ORC story highlights. Spoiler alert, we don’t use a sledge hammer, because, well this isn’t HGTV and we actually have to fix things we break, haha!  

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Demo was actually pretty easy and painless. The worst part was cleaning up all the drywall dust and debris.Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Cable Railing

Once the wall was down, we were in awe! It was SO open! Luckily Marvin didn’t think it was a shortcut to the sofa πŸ˜‰Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Cable Railing

Then we installed the newel posts. This was the part I was probably the most nervous about. Luckily, we found these newel post installation kits that made things a bit easier since we didn’t have existing posts and working from the basement was complicated, even though it isn’t finished.Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Cable RailingOnce the posts were in, the rest seemed to go a bit faster. We opted to create our own top and bottom rails because I wasn’t a fan of the intricate and detailed options available locally. I wanted something simple, clean, and modern. We used these slim  intermediate pickets for the middle supports.Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Cable RailingThe most anticipated part was the cable. I am not going to lie, I had some serious anxiety about this part. We basically came up with this entire design on our own, never installed a railing and never ran cable outside of our backyard string lights, (which was totally different). So what could possibly go wrong? HAHA!Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Cable Railing

There were definitely a few mishaps along the way and lessons learned. We did end up buying a hydraulic crimper to make installing the cable easier, and I can say it was definitely worth it! We actually almost bought one when we did our string lights, but thought we would never use it again. Who knew? I can also tell you if you cut your railing cable too long you will have to start over with that line, aka, make sure you have extras πŸ˜‰ But overall, I am calling this DIY Cable Railing a win!

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Now I cannot wait to finish the room so the view through the cable railing is just as good as the railing itself!
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Join me again next week to see how the rest of our makeover is coming along! The plan is to get moving on the fireplace makeover which includes new brick paint and some fun extras πŸ˜‰ 


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Don’t forget to stop by the One Room Challenge to check out all the other participants and their amazing spaces!
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DIY Cable Railing

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  1. I am redoing the stair railing for my challenge as well. I knew I wanted to vertical design and this is perfect. Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. Hi ! How much give does the cable have? We are wanting to install a cable raibling but I’m nervousour littles will be able to push through it. Thoughts? Thanks!

  3. Love this! My husband and I are building a house and are going to DIY our interior railing as well as our deck. What did you use for the top hand rail?

    1. Thank you so much Kristen! We made the handrail from a 2×3. I will be writing a full tutorial, so stay tuned πŸ˜‰

  4. Wow the before and after is amazing! I love the railing and the change of paint and color of the furnishings brought it up to a modern level! It’s so much brighter and cheery even!

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