Carpet on the stairs! They say carpet should be done last. I only wish it was the last thing, but it sure adds a finish to the staircase. This staircase scared me the most in this project. It seemed sooverwhelming and perhaps not even salvageable. With parts donated from the Grand Hotel, it came back together nicely, and most is original. Can you believe this staircase got rained and snowed on for three winters with no roof?