Saving Money on Paint (Interior)

Painting the walls of your home is an excellent way to update your interior and it can be inexpensive. Keeping the cost down on the paint you are purchasing will leave more money for other interior decorating. This is a guide about saving money on paint (interior).

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April 8, 2013 Flag
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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.Painted roomPainted room


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.

Painted room
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April 9, 20130 found this helpful

Great looking room because of your resourceful paint job! It looks very welcoming, I hope you've found a wonderful new boarder who appreciates both your hard work and your frugality:)

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April 10, 20130 found this helpful

Fantastic job ~ Love it!

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April 15, 20130 found this helpful

The city I live in has a chemical recycling center. They have paint anyone can go and get for free. If you are matching a color like in this story, it probably won't work unless you are really lucky. But if you don't care what color something is, it is a great way to paint something for just the cost of the supplies like brushes and tape.

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April 29, 20130 found this helpful

Great job! Glad you were able to salvage your old paint. Sounds like a great commercial for Benjamin Moore paint too. ;) Good luck with your boarder search. Please be careful and make sure you check them out well. "It's better to be too safe, then too sorry."

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August 12, 2008 Flag
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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 ...

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November 27, 2004 Flag
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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.

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April 20, 2009 Flag

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

April 21, 20090 found this helpful

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 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=)

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April 21, 20090 found this helpful

as well as "craigslist", check to see if there is a "Freecycle" group for your area.

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April 21, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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April 22, 20090 found this helpful

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.


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October 10, 20090 found this helpful

April 22, 2010 Flag
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Does anyone know how to get inexpensive "previously opened" paint, say at Home Depot?

By MJ from Pocatello, ID

April 22, 20100 found this helpful

Just check the date to make sure it's not too old. They are usually in a big bin by the paint mixing area.

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April 23, 20100 found this helpful

At the Lowes where I shop, they keep all of their "OOPS" paint in a shopping cart by the paint department mixing center.

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April 23, 20100 found this helpful

Osh and Wal-Mart also have the "oops" paints . Just ask at the paint dept. where they are kept .


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April 23, 20100 found this helpful

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

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April 20, 2009 Flag
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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


Saving Money on Paint

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)

By Hemie

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June 20, 20160 found this helpful

great ideas!!!

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