This is what I've been doing my spare time lately.
Whilst admitting sandpapering isn't and will not be my favourite household chores, seeing the doings of one's own hands can be a pleaser.
The staircase in our house has previously been dark brown, worn by 30 years or so. I'm set to make it dreamy white. With glossy paint & hard work and pure guts, that I, suprizingly to us all, have some hidden behind the no-can-do appearence.