This is a picture of what the stairs looked like when we moved in after we ripped up the ugly 70's orange carpet!!! They must have put a 2nd coat of stain on after they put the carpet down as towards the edges of the stairs it was darker. Can't see it in this picture.
After picture, I lightly sanded them, then stained the step part and painted the riser white after much arguing with dh about it. He wanted the whole steps stained, but I won!!! I gave in and left the railing black, I wanted to paint that white also..oh well. Looks good anyway.
Another angle and the new braided runners I got off ebay. Just put them on this morning so they are still a little curled around the edges from the package, I'm sure they will lay flat in a couple of days. Now I need to get a rug that matches for in front of the stairs. I love the way these turned out although it was a lot of work. The stain took forever to dry, but it was worth it.