The back staircase:
This is the secondary staircase accessed through the Family Room.
Looking down the secondary staircase after the original stain on the exposed parts has been stripped.
Following a thorough sanding, now freshly covered with the ebony stain we selected for the floors. You can see our original floor color to the right; the floors are scheduled to be sanded and re-stained in a couple of weeks.
The front staircase:
The original plan was to put in new wood flooring only on the two landings you see here (and the two landings at the bottom of the secondary staircase), and then have runners on the rest of the stairs. But once we saw the wood installed on the landings, we decided we would be much happier with the end result by refinishing the stairs and leaving them bare from any carpeting.
The view looking down the front staircase. A very big change from the original color of wood floors which you can see a small strip of in this photo.
Another view looking down.
We had only seen a small sample of the ebony stain on our floors, so the stairs now give us a good indication of how all the wood flooring will look.
In addition, we are changing from white wooden balusters to iron ones which are being installed next week. I selected a very simple baluster, something similar to this: