This is the "before"
They use to have carpet (I HATE carpet)!
Hubby did a great job with the wood steps. He had intended on making them with the wood from our property (the light pieces), but too many issues with warping. I like how he solved the problem, using the left over floor boards from our upstairs and capping the end with the unfinished pieces. I plan on keeping them light and just adding a protective coat (upstairs wood dark, downstairs wood light).
This is my inspiration photo for the wall
This is the stair wall "before"
I still want to add more black & white family photos, but I am very pleased with the outcome!