Here's our new banister!
I think the awkward turn threw my mom off a bit, so hopefully this should help a little.
We just went to Home Depot, picked out a banister style/color and they cut it to size. We also bought two sets of banister brackets and the cheapest drill and bit set they had. The whole project probably took us a little less than three hours.
First step was to measure the length so we'd know how long to cut the wood. Then I measured about 35" up from the 2nd and 2nd to last step and marked it with a pencil. You can adjust the height accordingly. Then took painters tape and followed the angle down to create a guide for us. Drilled holes (we had to do this several times coz we didn't have a stud finder and kept hitting bad spots), attached brackets, attached banister to brackets, sanded it down and voila!
Not bad for less-than-two-years home owners ay? Now let's just hope it stays attached to the wall :)