IKEA Hack: DIY Command Center with Storage and Chalkboard. It started as 3 Expedit shelving units from IKEA but when turned on its side, it offers a great storage and organization center that makes a perfect command station
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.