So I bought these little 'sample' packets of stain and decided to try them out. I hand sanded one panel by hand with 60 grit for about 20 minutes... then rubbed the stain on with some clean shop rags I had... soooo it's not of the best quality. I picked three kinds; On the Left is Pickled Oak On the Mid. is Natural Wood On the Right is Golden Peacon I personally like the Pickled Oak, it's a lighter color that will make the house look a little more "open". I'm thinking of doing that for the main floors and the stairs up to the landing, and then a darker color for the upstairs floors at a later time. Here is a picture with lines between the three to help you differentiate between them, with this you can probably tell the lighter lines between the stains in the first picture. If you can't really tell, it goes from light - dark - darkest in that direction. But yeah other than that I spent an hour taking up all the quarter round on the landing and upstairs in the hallway, so I got a little bit done since Greg never bothers to call me back. Yeah, it's dirty, and the wood isn't originally stained under the quarter-round, so I'll be buying some new Q.R. since I broke a few pieces by accident. Oh, and PS all the sport bikes are out, it's fuckin 71 outside and gorgeous... makes me fuckin want one right now.