I have always thought that the oak stairway railing dated the house a bit and wondered how to change if and if it would even be a good project. I never really got any good ideas or a plan. Then I saw Centsational Girl's stairway transformation.
After with stain, paint and wall paper:
Here is my potential "before." Now that I have the picture I am wondering how a dark railing would work with the oak quilt chest by the stair case. Either way its a Centsational project to think about.