This is what it looked like before ripping up the carpet..
Here's what I found under the carpet..
After lots of stripping and sanding I stained the stairs a wood tone to match the hardwood floors we already have. Then decided to paint them with black floor paint. I used Glidden's Porch & Floor paint after a coat of gray primer. For the trim and risers I used white Kilz primer and then Dutch Boy's Brilliant White in semi-gloss. The walls I used Glidden's Antique White.
Here it is now!
I also replaced the flush mount light fixture over the front door with a lantern type that I ordered from CSN stores. The rug is an indoor/outdoor Safavieh rug that fit perfectly. It's also from CSN.