We knew we wanted to change up the deck stairs ASAP. They were just a straight run from deck to yard, with no interest or appeal, and the flow was off.
Because the lumber is treated (of course), we have to wait 30 days or so to stain it all, so forgive the nakedness. We'll be stripping all of the old gray paint off of the deck and staining the deck and the stairs in one go so that everything is one nice even color. Now I know I said I'd be sharing projects upon completion, and without the stain, this technically doesn't qualify as complete, but it's close enough.
Here's a side by side of the before and after taken from a similar angle to help show what a dramatic difference this made: