Saturday, November 9, 2013

Redecorating your home and needing to paint a room, but wanting to do it on the budget? Benefit from the mistakes of others

I have painted almost all the rooms in our house since the rooms were all the same plain light yellow when we moved in and I could not stand the uniformity of the rooms. I need personality in the rooms and so plenty of color on the walls is one way in which I make the room fit their purpose or the person that uses a specific room. Painting is one way in which you can easily spruce up your house and it is also one of the cheapest ways to decorate the interior of your home. But even paint can be pricey, often costing $30 a gallon.

Here comes the service of home supply stores to mix up paint into play and how you can turn the mistakes that happen when custom colors are mixed into an advantage for you and your wallet.Home Depot and Lowes will not only have regular missed tint sales throughout the year, but you can just stop the store and usually find on a cart near the paint area a bunch of paint cans with custom colors gone awry.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - a missed tint in dark green provides a nice wall color for a home office
I have used missed tints almost exclusively for the past few years when needing to paint a room in our house or one of the rentals. No need to pay full price for paint, when you can take your time and find very nice colors at bargain prices. The above room is our home office and I love the dark green. I was actually looking for a green paint for the walls and was so happy when I found the dark green for $5. I have one wall in white as an accent wall because in front of it is a dark wood bookshelf. But the rest of the room has dark green walls and it makes it very cozy in the winter.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - a missed tint in turquoise provides the background for a Tiffany-inspired guestroom
For the guest room I was lucky to found a turquoise color that reminded me of Tiffany blue. I wanted to do that room in blue and a neutral color, such as brown or gray. I was lucky to have found bedding in blue / brown at Ross on clearance and also bought the curtains on clearance. The wall color seems like a natural fit and no one would every suspect that the color was an accidental find and bought very cheap due to a home supply store employee having made a mistake when mixing a custom color.

So next time if you need paint for a home decorating project. Take your time, stop by Home Depot or Lowes a few times and check out the missed tint carts to see whether you can find bargain paint for your room and save a few bucks upfront!


Ronnie E. said...

What a smart, frugal idea! I had no idea there was such a section to look through. It's brilliant!

Casey Lindberg-Coghill said...

Thank you so much for sharing these tips; I never would have thought to look at "missed tint" paints! I absolutely love the "Tiffany's" color in your guest room. I love your ideas and will take them into consideration when my husband and I get a home of our own, hopefully sooner rather than later! :)

Elisebet F said...

I never knew about missed tints! That's great to know, thank you so much! At some point, once we're settled in one area for a while (we're a Navy family), we are planning on buying our own home. I KNOW I'll want to customize the walls.