As you may have noticed, I have no problems jumping from task to task, and yesterday I suddenly decided that I needed to make the stairs. I had an idea, and I went on to test it, using large craft sticks that I fixed - not glueing yet - on top of the plastic sheet. It's about a millimetre that sticks out.
You can immediately that it doesn't work, can't you? The stain emphasises the grain of the wood, and it looks stunning, but the plastic spoils it all. The solution would be to use the same sticks on the vertical areas, but when I tried it they were too thick. In my desperation, I did something that I had dismissed six months ago: used stain direct on MDF. And see, in combination with wooden steps it worked.
I still need to trim the steps before glueing, and I will possibly varnish them, but you can see what a huge difference it makes.
The banister is only attached with white tack, and there will of course be a newel post. There will also be a rail on the wall.
I am very proud of myself. No compromises! Go to the extremes! I have the large front staircase to fix now.