Now today - Sunday - they look like this:
This is going to be a job!!!
I did find what I think is a really good deal on solid oak treads - special purchase at lowe's for $19.98 each. Score (if this is not a good deal please don't burst my bubble). So those are now sanded, and have their 2nd coat of minwax dark walnut on them
OK - they look better than this - I am still struggling with my picture taking.
Unfortunately other than gathering supplies from quite a few stores all I got done was - removing carpet and padding, removing tack strips and staples. Staining new treads - no top coat yet. Even though we are getting rid of the treads I wanted to remove all the tacks and staples because we have to use them until the new ones go up.
Oh and thank you to everyone who has responded to my questions about redoing their stairs!!! There is so much valuable info here in blogland!!!