This is what the entryway looked like before we got to it:
The stairs are to the right, straight ahead is the kitchen, and to the left is the living room.
You can sort of make out the garish yellow paneling around the doorway.
This is what the stairs used to look like. Notice the awful brown shag carpet,
covered the living room and dining room as well. It was the first thing to go! (The
smiling woman in the picture is our friend Martha. She and her husband, Scott,
bought a house shortly after we did. They're very cool people.)
The stairs in progress:
And here's what the stairs look like now. Much improved!
The paneling has been painted over. Also a vast improvement.