The large and sometimes ornate newel posts that are often found at the base of staircases in older homes are quite attractive on their own. However, many homeowners add decorative finials for a grander appearance or to add a bit of color to the staircase. Whether you live in an older home and are looking to replace an existing finial or you've recently installed a newel post in a newer home and want to add a finial to give it more of an age-appropriate feel, selecting just the right piece at the right price can be difficult.
Traditional finials can be quite expensive. They are often made from high-end materials such as brass, bronze and crystal and incorporate extensive artisan workmanship, including hand-carved wood or blown glass. While finials of this type make a beautiful statement, why not try creating your own version from something unexpected. Believe it or not, a repurposed ornamental garden stake may be just what you're looking for.
The increasing popularity of creating outdoor spaces in backyards everywhere has led to an explosion in the availability of all types of garden decor. This includes a multitude of ornamental garden stakes that have interesting and unique decorative objects perched on top. As many of these are made from blown glass and antiqued metals, with a little creative thinking you may find something that would make a perfect finial for your newel post. The best part is that many of these stake toppers already have a threaded rod attached to the object, so all you'll need to do is detach the object from the ground stake and drill the hole in the top of the post.
For example, a whimsical ceramic ball shape, painted in bright coordinating colors, would make a great newel post finial. It could even serve as the inspiration for painting an accent wall in the room. Try looking around your local garden center for any ornamental garden stakes that grab your attention. A quick look to see how easily the top can be removed should tell you whether it could be adapted for use as a finial. Because they're so inexpensive, you could even buy one or two to see how they would look in the room before you commit to attaching it to your staircase. If it doesn't look quite right, it could always be added to the garden.