Not very promising, but thanks to the "This Old House" website I found out how to refinish hardwood. So I am in the process of redoing the stair case. I have only done the top of the stairs until I get the approval of Hope tonight and then the sawdust will fly!
Pure ugly, but at least there is some beat up hardwood to work with at the top.
First off, here is what the stairs looked like with carpet on it.Kind of lame, so lets see whats under it.Hmmm, not much better, whats under all those tack strips and foam.
Oh here is what the top landing looks like after the first coat of poly and with some of the trim painted white. When I'm done all the trim in this room will be white..
On an odd note, I thought I heard the faint whimpers of a Jeep saying "when is it my turn?" while I was working on the stairs. Mmm, must have been the wind.