Starecasing: With the StareCasing System three-step installation process, you just measure, cut and install. The patented tread and riser overlays fit over your existing staircase like a glove. No messy demolition. No guesswork. Just beautiful hardwood stairs. In a matter of hours, you can convert carpeted stairs to hardwood without the cost or hassle of total reconstruction.
As you can see, the top of the island is an antique door (minus the hardware) and to prevent the paint from chipping either further (food+paint=ewww) a coat or two of polyurethane was used. There was also a 1/4" tempered glass sheet laid over the top to ensure an even prep space but since it's clear you can still see it's unique beauty.