I’m home from a fun afternoon of shopping and I want to share this great tip with you. I’ve found the cheapest place to buy paint!
At Home Depot today, I was purchasing a gallon of paint to transform my next project, a cute little lingerie bureau…or it will be once I’m finished with it. 😉
While the paint guy, or should I say Paint-Associate was mixing my colour, I scoped out a bunch of pre-mixed paints selling for $9 a gallon. These were Behr Paint & Primer which are regularly priced at $47/gallon. Here they were selling for the price of Thrift Store Paint. Actually, cheaper than Thrift Store Paint! And if this is the first time you’ve ever heard of the stuff… Y-E-S… there really is such a thing.
… back to my shopping.
So for $9, I found this beautiful “White” which is VERY similar to the Antique White that I’ve used on my last few projects. It’s not quite as warm, but pretty darn close. Can you see a big difference?
Neither could I, so I grabbed the can and ran to the check-out counter. Ok, I didn’t really run because I’m soooo not a runner. But if I was… lol… this was a no-brainer-must-have purchase.
I was so happy with my find, I forgot to ask the guy, I mean Paint-Associate, to shake the can for me. Bummer… but I’ll be sure to give it a thorough shaking while doing my happy dance.
You can find these mis-tints or “OOPS-pre-mixed-paints” at any local paint or hardware store. These paints get custom mixed for a customer, but for whatever reason the person decides not to buy. The store can’t re-shelf this pre-mixed paint, so they drastically mark down the price by 70-80% to get rid of it.
My next stop… I drove to the other cheapest place to buy paint…Walmart.
I recently discovered LOOP. LOOP is a company which takes quality paints bound for the landfill and creates premium recycled paints.
What a great idea! Walmart must have thought so too because LOOP is available in most Canadian Walmart stores from coast to coast. The colours are limited, only 8 designer colours in total, but for $13.88/gallon I’m looking forward to giving it a try. It’s a perfect way to keep re-finishing costs down while I recycle and reuse!
I have no idea what kind of coverage or overall quality recycled paints have, but once I give it a go, I’ll definitely share my experience and write a review.
While we’re on the topic of recycling and inexpensive paints Boomerang-Recycled-Paints sell at Thrift Stores for $19.99/gallon.
Rona also has an Eco-Responsible brand, Rona’s ECO which is priced at $18.99/gallon.
I wanted to buy them all… but unfortunately ran out of shopping time.
I’ve learned the cheapest place to buy paint is often right under my nose at Lowes, Home Depot, Rona, Canadian Tire or any other large store which mixes brand name paints. A tip… if you’re buying pre-mixed paints, it still needs to be thoroughly mixed. Don’t get overly excited over your deal and forget to ask the paint guy, oops…I mean Paint Associate to shake your can!
I’m really happy with my paint deals today. 🙂
Hope you had a fun day and thanks for reading… and, oh… if you know of any cheap paint resources in your area, leave a comment and let me know!