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Q: These cast iron lions have been guarding the stairs to the little Montana house we recently purchased. I think they desperately need a new paint job; the current color just does not fit. Ideally I would just strip them and leave them the natural iron, but they have been repaired on the tops of their head with concrete.
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The house is white, and we replaced the roof with light grey/beige metal, so color choices are wide open. I can't decide if I want to paint them to appear copper, bronze or metal, or paint them something bright. So far the best suggestion I've gotten was from my brother, to paint them red with black glaze, like cinnabar Fu Dog/Lions.

Also, does anybody know anything about these lions? As mentioned above, they have matching concrete caps on the tops of their heads, so I think they may have been part of something larger. I've tried googling all sorts of variations of "cast iron guardian lions" but continually get hits on the more typical lions. I have no idea if the lions have always been here (the house used to be a "hospital" and is 100+ years old) or if they were moved here later.

PS: I'm also open to suggestions on the stair railings.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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