So the hardwood floors upstairs and downstairs looked nice, but the stairs that connected them looked like crap. I thought about refinishing the stairs, but decided on having them done over, which cost a lot more money, but ended up looking nicer, I think.
Before Pic Number 1: this is the transition from upstairs to the stairs.
Here's what the stairs looked liked from downstairs. There's a fine line between "shabby chic" and "silence of the lambs" and these stairs were on the wrong side of the line.
Here's a pic of the stairs in progress. It's missing the part you step on, which makes it not yet a staircase.
Here's what it looked like when the stairs were in, but before it was stained and painted.
I went to a paintstore so they could get the stain to make the pine stairs look like the oak floors downstairs. Preety good match, I think.
Stained, painted and drying