Once upon a time, I thought my camera was doomed for death. An unprompted burst of hope had me trying to turn on the device one last time... MIRACLES OF MIRACLES IT WORKED! So now, let the home updates, with corresponding visuals, resume.
There is a metal railing at the base of the steps. Needless to say, it was not in the best shape.
And this is the first thing you see upon walking through the front door; screams "Welcome!", doesn't it? The paint was old, yellowed, and chipping.
... so, we scraped it off! Then, using an oil-based paint in basic white, I repainted that sucker. Took quite a few coats over a few days (allowing for it to dry completely, before more coats).
Ta da! It really came out well, and the white ties to the base molding and the stair molding very well. I am not ruling out replacing this with something more modern later down the line, but for the now this is MUCH better!