Painting a room is an inexpensive way to transform the look and feel of the room. Color is a powerful tool, and if you choose the right paint you can simulate the effects of adding a window or a few inches to the height without paying for a costly renovation.
Even so, there are some practical tips and tricks you can use to save some green on your next painting project.
1. Buy Paint in Bulk
If you’re buying paint, quantity counts. Almost always, a five-gallon bucket works out to be cheaper than buying five individual one-gallon buckets. Even though it might be more convenient to buy the smaller cans, go for the big one!
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2. Do the Math First
Bulk is cheaper, but it’s easy to overbuy when it comes to paint, so don’t let your eyes get bigger than your project. Buying five gallons of paint is only cheaper if you actually needed five gallons of paint. Do the math on the paint you need to cover your square footage, otherwise, you’re going to end up with wasted paint. And money.
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3. Check the Recycling Center
If you’re prepared to compromise on color, local waste recyclers sometimes sell unused paint that has been surrendered for recycling. Because paint has a long shelf life, the paint is usually perfectly fine. Some recycling places even give the paint away for free! After all, it’s better on your wall than in a landfill.
4. Mix Your Own
Pure white paint with no added pigments is the cheapest paint you can get, so you can often save a little money by just going straight for the white and mixing it with a tester pot. This is easy and cheap, and you end up with your own custom mixed paint!
If you buy your white paint in bulk, you can section it off and tint each batch individually. You can save your leftover white paint for any future projects. Of course, this also requires a little math to keep your ratios consistent if you end up needing to repaint, so keep a note of the color names and proportions you used. Ideally, on the can itself.
If you’re painting over a dark color or on an unfinished surface, a primer will almost always save you money. You’ll need far fewer coats of your paint, which can be especially important if you purchase high-quality paints. Primer can also save you money in the long run by helping your paint job last and reducing the time between repaints.
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6. Pick the Right Color the First Time
Nothing is worse than finishing a paint job, patiently waiting for it to dry, and realizing you made a horrible mistake. At best, you learn to live with your paint color, but at worst, you need to repaint the whole room. This doubles the cost of your paint project, so be sure you like your paint colors before you buy them.
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