Help! How to darken stained wood stair posts/railings?
We have a boring carpeted staircase with the railing and posts stained a golden oak and the rails in-between painted white - very 80's and boring. Our flooring on the 1st floor is similiar in tone - "gunstock" oak flooring. We have lots of darker toned woods in our house and I've been inspired by some of the stairways posted on here where the stairway woodwork in a darker shade. I think the contrast between the stairs, the floor, and the paint in our house would really pop and could envigorate our now drab stairway with minimal material cost.
My question is - Is there an easy way I can bring the color a shade or two darker without dismantling the entire stairway or doing lots and lots of sanding? I have no idea the finish on there now but it appears to be the standard builder applied polyurethane. Help?!?