Out of money and couldn't get a job, I decided to rent out my spare bedroom. The walls were riddled with nail holes and it hadn't been painted in 12 years. I looked closely at the color, a light mint green. There was a wall paper border at the top of the wall and then above that another 6 inches of painted wall. Because I'm a senior and can no longer climb a ladder, I took a good look at the ceiling paint. It looked good so I decided not to paint it. But ouch! The dreaded cost of buying a gallon of paint at $50 was painful.
Then I remembered a gallon of Benjamin Moore paint that I had in the garage for the past 10 years. It was Dove White and I only used 1/4 of it. I checked it out and it was still in great shape. I chipped out some paint from the wall, grabbed the old gallon of paint and went to the BJ store. I asked the man there to tint the old paint to match the chips. After a little begging and no guarantee that it would be an exact match, he did it and for free. I purchased paint tape to protect the wall paper border from him for $5.00 and went home.
Once home I painted the walls from under the wall paper border down to the floor baseboard nothing else. It looked great and fooled everyone who saw the room. It was a perfect match! I will never ever again throw out partially used paint or buy more paint if I can do this with it.
The mint green color doesn't show too well in the pics but trust me it looks good. Total cost to paint the room: $5.00 The best part: I didn't have to climb a ladder to paint the ceiling.
He's not buying border. Read it again. He's just going with what's there.
You did a great job with this room. I too hope you have found or will find a wonderful, respectful border, but where do you live that a gallon of paint costs $50.00?
You can find great deals on paint at your local hardware/paint store - just ask for the "mistinted paint section". These paints are the same high quality ...
Whenever I visit my local Lowes home improvement store, I check out the discounted paint rack. These are 1 gallon and 5 gallon pails of tinted paint that someone did not purchase.
I have lived in the same apartment for nearly ten years and have never been able to afford the paint to repaint. Sadly we have been smokers. The landlord won't pay for the paint and I can't afford the paint.
Please don't tell me to quit smoking and I could afford the paint, I am trying. Are there any thrifty ways to paint? Any help is welcome. Thanks!
By Hairyjoe from Port Clinton, OH
By the way, I forgot to mention if you go to Craigslist you will see a long list of all their categories. Under 'For Sale', you will see 'Free'. There is a lot of stuff listed there, maybe there won't be any paint, but it would probably be best to list your request for free paint under the free category and a lot of peope will probably read your request 'cause I assume lots of people look at all the free stuff ads.
Have you thought about washing your walls and see how they look? You might be surprised at how they turn out. You can buy a bottle of liquid Spic and Span at the Dollar Tree for a buck. If there is lots of nicotine on the walls, it may take you more than one washing, but it would have to be cheaper than painting. There is also a product I have bought at the Dollar Tree called Awesome Orange. It absolutely "melts" grime off things. You might want to try that too. I would suggest doing a small area first if you choose to try either of these products. Good luck.
My mother and stepfather are smokers and their walls changed colors. The think I have been using to clean the walls the best is with bleach. You would poor a little bleach into a bucket and add some water, get an old rag and something ruff, like a big tooth brush of some sort. And start cleaning..it takes a little bit but I'm sure you could get some help. It's cheaper then paint and works pretty good. Also every once in a while leave your house open to air it out so some of the smoke goes outside and not stick to the walls. Good luck=)
as well as "craigslist", check to see if there is a "Freecycle" group for your area.
Try calling your local recycling center. Ours has a place where you can drop off paint for free, you can also take all the paint you need for zero dollars. I recently went and picked up a 5 gallon bucket of exterior sherman williams paint for my garage. Hope this helps.
Been there, done that! A realtor friend of mine taught me to go into these bigger hardware stores
(aka Home Depot or Lowes) and ask for "Oops" paint, someone asked for a certain color and got the wrong color or the guy mixing it, goofed. The store had to keep the paint that was mixed wrong. I got a whole gallon of Ooops paint for about $1.50 (had 3 different ones to choose from, too) and my room turned out great! You might try that.
Lots of options for you on this one.
1) Clean your walls, this site has an article on cleaning nicotine off walls: http://www.how2instructions.com/Hom ... How_To_Clean_Nicotine_Off_Walls.html
2) Go to Home Depot, Lowes or Sherwin Williams and ask for mis-tinted paint. They should have some great deals.
3) Go to a place like Habitat for Humanity, they typically sell paint for a few dollars a gallon.
4) Find someone who wants to get rid of some of the paint in their basement. You can mix together the remaining paint in their cans to make enough paint for your project.
Does anyone know how to get inexpensive "previously opened" paint, say at Home Depot?
By MJ from Pocatello, ID
I call it opps paint and they usually have it on the end caps or near the mixer on a stand with a dot of color on the top and you can always ask where they keep the "opps" paint.
I've seen paint at Garage Sales, Estate Sales, Thrift Stores., church garage sales are the best! Some of the Habitat for Humanities have a re-sale store, and Goodwill or the Salvation Army have re-sale stores also. Good Luck
Just check the date to make sure it's not too old. They are usually in a big bin by the paint mixing area.
At the Lowes where I shop, they keep all of their "OOPS" paint in a shopping cart by the paint department mixing center.
Osh and Wal-Mart also have the "oops" paints . Just ask at the paint dept. where they are kept .
I just had another thought. In some places, here and Simi Valley,Ca. the city recycles paint that is brought to the recycle center. They then mix the paint and give it away free in 5 to 50 Gal. drums. I was given a 5 gal.size to paint over graffiti in our tract of homes. It was a beige color. Call your city hall and ask if they do the same. GG Vi
I, too, would recommend Habitat for Humanity's Re-Store. Not only is it paint for a reasonable price, but the proceeds from sales go toward helping a family in need build a home. Another, good suggestion I saw mentioned (that I was thinking;), is your local recycling center OR places where they hold annual eco-friendly swaps/giveaways (sometimes, also at your local recycling center- just ask around/call your local chamber of commerce, for ideas). Your local librarian may also have info. or know of a place where you can obtain these resources. You'd be surprised how much knowledge and information, concerning your community, they have!
Don't fall for the latest fashion in wall paint color and pay the high prices they want for paint. Find used shades in the taupe ranges, or whites and off whites and mix together to get enough for the room you are painting.
Use these basic colors also in your upholstered furniture, and use a bold color for your accessories. If you wish to have a splash of color and you can change them more often or when you get tired of the colors and want a change. Much easier and cheaper than repainting the wall when you get tired of that bold color or if it goes out of style.
By Lynn from Rogers, AR
If you are not looking for a specific color, go to a paint store and inquire about paint they have mixed wrong. Sometimes they will give you the paint to get rid of it! (09/26/2008)