The stairs were painted with Annie Sloan chalkpaint in French Linen. I distressed them and then dry brushed a little white paint on top to age them a bit. We have a dog and kids so they will get distressed anyway and this was a great solution for us if they were going to be painted. The more distressed they get, the better as far as I'm concerned.
would this make my stairway feel closed in, cause I like that pics are on display but not out in public areas of my home. Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then get on with living. There's more to life than decorating.