The above pictures are our room and Connor's room - pre sanding. It took Bj a long time and two different machines in order to get them sanded down to just the wood. The steps were a bit of a challenge and unfortunately they are still a bit of a challenge :) We thought we would just sand and stain them, but once we realized how much the sander ate them up we decided it would be best to carpet. We have the steps going down and a a "t" landing with steps on either side. We are going to put a runner on the "t" and wall to wall carpeting on the steps and landing upstairs. That is lovely looking, isn't it?!