House Painting 101: 99-Word Flash Fiction

This week’s prompt over at the Carrot Ranch ( was to write a flash piece about painting in 99 words (no more, no less). This is my late entry.

House Painting 101

Julia always liked bold, bright colors, and she was tired of having walls of cream, beige, or off-white year after year. Just this once, she and her husband picked jewel tone colors for their new home.

The living room was now midnight blue; the kitchen, burgundy, and the bedrooms, cypress green; even the den was turquoise. Still, the baseboards were painted white to match the ceilings.

Their friends and family were shocked by the boldness. “How will you ever be able cover over the paint? If you decide to sell the house?”

“We won’t,” they said. “Our heirs will.”

Nancy Brady, 2019

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About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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7 Responses to House Painting 101: 99-Word Flash Fiction

  1. Jules says:

    Reminds me of my MIL always plain and ready to sell. This go round we painted our kitchen and one of the baths Autumn Yellow. You can always paint over to sell, but one should also, I think enjoy the when of where they are living 🙂

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    • We have done the same, that is, keeping it bland; however, with the home we now live in we decided to go with something more drastic. Hence, the jewel tones.
      Actually, it takes more coats to paint over white walls than darker colors, theoretically. I would only change one color. I would like to paint our bathroom a brown rather than the deep green we have now. ~nan

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  2. I LOVE this, for more reasons than I can list, Nan. Bravo! And thanks!

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  3. I love that word, and use it whenever I can.


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