Jen of IHeart Organizing used a Home Depot stair tread cap and riser kit to transform the look of her staircase. (New wainscoting and paint, helped, too, of course.) See the staircase makeover reveal (Entry Step Basement Stairs)
Excellent idea for the fireplace mantel. especially at Christmas time. outlets on wall just above mantle so no cords show & hide it year round w decor . Also every high self has outlets for small lamp if there's room between ceiling & shelf .