To close in the storage area under the stairs, I returned
to the original log house site and salvaged trim and
V-board from an addition to the log building that was
still standing. Luckily, the antique dealer who stripped
my building of its contents had not scavenged the addition.
For my cunning, I was rewarded with two magical doors
that accompanied the original
V-groove board. I simply
washed them, applied a quick coat of shellac and hung
them, warts and all, under the stairs.
In delicate balance, the second-floor railing needed
to look like it had been there for a century and also
meet with building code. In addition, it had to be removable
so that I could move large objects up and down the stairs.
Buying old newel posts from an antique dealer got me
halfway there, and finding balusters via eBay completed
my search for parts. I made the handrail myself, and
used bed bolts and steel plates mounted to the newel
posts to make it possible for the railing to appear
and disappear at will. The railing was finished to match
the antiqued window trim.