Good question, stick486! I was considering using picket screws with stained plugs to match. Or put some sort of base with contrasting white paint to match the balusters. The Newell posts and rails are a dark stain. The original installation was a couple of nails driven at an angle. The top post that I cut was against a wall and was also glued to the sheetrock! After what little remodeling I have done, I can understand a friend who refuses to do any remodel jobs. He says all you do is correct someone else's mistakes.
Let me describe, which I should have done in the beginning: the house is a split foyer. There are two Newell posts in the LR;One post is a half-Newell and I'll bet it is glued to the sheetrock. The other two are on the first set of steps down to the foyer. I could tape and paint the other post bases to match. Thanks!
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