These pictures remind me of those children's games in newspapers, where they tell you to spot the differences.
Nope, this porch wasn't brightened up in Photoshop. Let's zoom in closer so you can see what a dramatic change a little paint makes. Here's the "before."
It had been a really long time since this porch railing was touched up, and it was starting to look weather-beaten.
Here's how it looks now:
What a difference! It looks like new wood, but it's just a careful coat of oil-based primer followed by a fresh coat of semi-gloss paint. Here's another angle showing the stair railing before and after:
Before it looked like it would give you splinters, but now it's something you're glad to grab onto as you climb the porch stairs.
If your porch needs a little paint, give me a call. I'll be glad to freshen it up for you.