Sprucing Up Your House for the Holidays with Black and White

Happy holiday house is just two words away, “black” and “white.”

I love classic game shows. One of my favorites is “Password.” It’s played with two contestants giving and receiving one word clues. Let’s try it!

Me: Dice.

You: Vegas?

Me: Piano keys.

You: Liberace?

Me: Zebras.

You: The zoo?

Me: Yin and Yang

You: China?

Me: Black and white.

You: What paint colors to use to inexpensively spruce up your house for the holidays?

Me: Correct!

The Price is Right
Perhaps you are like me and want to spruce up the house for holiday guests, but don’t have a lot of extra money to do it. Paint can make a big impact with little out-of-pocket expense.

If you look away from your computer screen, for just a second, and have a look around your house, I bet you will see something that could use a fresh coat of clean, white paint or something else that could use a new modern lease on life with black paint.

You probably already have a can of white or black paint in your garage right now.

If you need to restock, I recommend buying just a quart of each with some sponge-tipped brushes to get you on your way.

Beat the Clock
Don’t paint a whole room. White is too stark and black is too Goth. Instead, use little touches of each to freshen or sophisticate.

Use white to repaint doors, door frames, and moldings.

Use black on a worn-out pieces of wood furniture or picture frames.

I gave some of my dated gold frames a new modern look by painting them black. It took less money and less time than it would take to drive to a store to buy new ones.

I also used black paint on a five dollar table I picked up from the thrift store. It had great “bones” but needed some love. It took me less than a half-a-hour to change that table’s look from trash pile to Pottery Barn.

Do You Trust Your Wife
Secret Agent Man and I never agree on color. To avoid a fight and to his chagrin, I paint the walls in our house when he is out of town. But, he doesn’t flinch when I bring out the black or white paint. He knows that it will just be a touch-up and not a whole style change.

Another great thing about black and white is that you don’t have to worry about matching or color coordinating. Whatever the season, whatever the trend, black and white are the mainstays of design.

Queen for a Day
Not me, my daughter, “Mini Me.” I woke up one Saturday morning with the idea in my head to paint her dingy off-white dressers clean, bright white. Mini Me helped with a little sweat equity by taking the handles off the drawers, which we later spray painted silver (another cheap fix). I loved the change in the dressers so much I painted her bed white to match… and then her book shelf… and then her toy box. By nightfall, her room was transformed with one can of leftover white paint.

Wheel of Fortune
If the bonus round has eluded you this year, make your own good fortune by making due with what you have. Just take a look through what you’ve been storing in your garage, shed, or work bench, perhaps all you’ll need will be there in black and white.

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Annie Payne
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