If I were going to go on a painting spree right before Ben came home, which I am not, of course, but if I were it certainly wouldn't start with painting the banister (which is a dark, dark brown) white. Because that would be a real pain. It would involve priming and even then, multiple coats of paint, and special brushes to get in the little divets and whirls of the wood. Also it would be so time consuming that I would either have to completely ignore my children for a day, and then sigh when I realised that someone's cute new t-shirt I just bought had paint on it, or I'd have to stay up half the night painting and then be grumpy the next morning. Also I would be totally paranoid about the carpet on the stairs since as of Saturday it's brand new. So what I'm saying is that it wouldn't be worth it at all. No. Not at all. Would it?