This is stairs to my basment, which had carpet. My grandsons wore the carpet out. So I ripped it out only to find a mess of wood. I put down 1/4 inch panaling to cover the hacked up wood, then use brown paper with glue and 4 coats of sealer. these stairs took me 4 days to complete. As a extra touch I did the stair rail in the bown paper as well.