Get that vacuum out and suck up the mess you have created. We collected most of the staples but you never know what you missed. Our Shop-Vac came in handy during this renovation.
Step one= complete! We could just leave it at this and go on our merry way. Or we can get out our power tools and sever off the bullnoses on our stairs! This is where the dirtiness factor comes into play. What would I do differently here? I would recommend sectioning off this portion of your house. Unfortunately, how my house is designed it would be very hard to do this but I think even if I had attempted a bit to keep the dust contained I would not end up with sawdust EVERYWHERE. EVERYWHERE.
See the picture below? My entire upstairs floor is coated in a fine layer of dust! You can see where Kitty Rex walked through it! I was shocked! And if it is all over the floor, you know my walls, pictures, counters, etc. are also covered in it! Arg, that was definitely the worst part! We cut the bullnoses off with a circular saw and touched up any details with our dremel. You want the treads flush with the risers. It was quite simple after Mr. TCW had made the straight line to cut off the bullnoses but our fire alarms sure did not like the dust. We turned them off until we were finished cutting and remembered to clean out any of the dust in them. Cutting was simple but did take some time! Thankfully we only have 13 steps in general.