Well my plans to leave the house today changed when I decided that I'd rather spend it inside...warm. I spent 6 1/2 hours today cutting out the staircase for the first floor....sanding.....more sanding....and yet more sanding, and then glueing in stages. I have to admit that the stairs were a lot of work but I think they will turn out nice once completed. I'm doing them white with walnut risers and hand railings. I still have to seal the wood before I can paint them white....maybe tomorrow. Once all the white is painted, I'll tackle staining the treads.