These stairs were quite the adventure let me tell ya!! I had showed my husband (Joe) a picture of some stairs I really liked. They were a little industrial, open and very clean looking. We talked a little about them and then he had the idea to tweak them and use plumbing pipes for the railings. I LOVED IT!! We knew we wanted something different and bold. I also wanted them to make a statement but also blend into the rest of our home. We didn’t want them too industrial so that is when we decided to paint the posts white and stain the hand rails to match our floor. We also knew we wanted horizontal rods for more of a modern look as opposed to horizontal for more of a traditional look. We did a little digging and found a local plumbing supply shop who had to order the pipes in since we needed so much! (350 linear ft!!) can you believe it?! Once, we picked that up… (phew… they were SO heavy AND greasy!! And there were SO many!) we were off to our home to talk to the carpenter and tell him EXACTLY what we wanted. We also knew we needed the posts to be fairly large to fit the space and look proportioned. We pretty much watched him the whole time and tweaked a little here and there to get EXACTLY what we were wanting. And the end result I think is fabulous! We couldn’t be happier to have something in our home so unique and fitting to our modern farmhouse. It’s also fun to know we had a large part in them and designed them. Originally, we were going to paint the plumbing pipes black, but after just wiping them down, we really like the industrial look and feel of them. They are pretty beat up and have some writing on them, are scratched in some places… but, it’s all good. It gives them a very rustic/industrial flare that we love!