How to Install a Stair Runner. Detailed DIY instructions on how to install a flat weave carpet on a staircase. Also includes a list of tools needed. Blue Heron Stripe Woven Cotton Rug by Dash & Albert they used. From This Old House.
23+ Pretty Painted Stairs Ideas to Inspire your Home
If we can't refinish the stairs then this might work. DIY: How To Cut, Paint & Install Stair Treads + How To Remove Carpeting + How To Install A Stair Runner (awesome step-by-step tutorial & pictures!) - these are excellent tutorials!