Shanty Hall Tree Bench for the Entryway.use the old door from Chuck's old place and build bench from pallets! Will paint the window part of door with chalkboard paint or maybe install mirror. Add hooks & baskets under bench.
add wood wallpaper to the kick plates of the stairs. Those rolls are expensive but you would only need one. Not practical with white treads though, it will be stuffed up from black shoe soles in no time.