I have 3 kids, 2 dogs and 3 cats. We have definitely made our mark. I replaced the carpet on the stairs a few years back myself. It was a light carpet remnant and it has well past it's prime. I decided to rip it out yesterday and paint the steps. I had originally planned on just painting them with the dark brown floor/porch paint that I used upstairs on our unfinished wood floors that I blogged about here. And then I decided we needed to FUNKIFY them!
I have a LARGE stash of mistint paint and various leftovers from projects. I knew I had some pretty bright colors from the Glidden paint promotions a couple years back so I decided to go for it. I did paint the treads with the porch paint and then I just painted the risers random colors.