So they were previously painted white and that looked like junk and so I went with tiny pieces of basswood strips. I think the finished result looks pretty smashing. They look like the floors in my 100 year old house, actually - with the different hues. Does it look like a teeny tiny real house yet?
The stairs were a challenge. I decided to leave the rise white and the run got the basswood. (Do I have that right? Rise and run? Or did I reverse them? I refuse to google that and will continue to live in ignorance.)
Some of the heights of the strips were a little uneven when they were all laid out, so I sanded before I put the poly on.
And here are some pictures of the house with some furnishings:
It's looking pretty good, I think. I've been working on hand sewing some curtains and I just hate them. I really think I should go to the store and find wide pieces of lace. That worked well for the living room. We'll see.