FYI - We are FINALLY updating the outside of the house some - HOORAY!!! It has only taken 4 years!! When the brown was painted over, it made a huge difference, but then replacing the old metal rails with the white posts really did the trick. We are not sure if we like the bright blue color yet, but we are going to give it a while and see if it grows on us but at least the Brady Bunch look is finally gone :-)!!!!!!!!!