I have much more to say about the stairs, but here’s a quick before and after. Depending on the lighting, the carpeting on the steps was either a dingy blue-grey or an unsusally bright blue. I’m against carpeting on stairs anyway, regardless of color. It gets dingy, easily wears out, and it’s hard to keep clean. I took off the carpet, knocked down the old bannister, and painted everything.
The stairs are positioned directly inside the front door, so I painted them a light grey and white so they wouldn’t be too imposing. I also switched the handrail to the other side of the steps and did not replace the old bannister on the right.