Need a winter project but don’t want to break the bank? Adding a fresh coat of paint can be done really cheap, if not completely free – if you know where to look! Check out these super simple ways to score free and cheap paint to give your home a new look.
Many people buy paint and get a few strokes on the wall and decide they just don’t like the color. They may even finish the project and learn they bought way too much paint. You can’t throw paint away so many of these people will list it for free or sell it really cheap.
Check your local online marketplaces such as Craigslist (they have a FREE section), Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, LetGo, FreeCycle and Nextdoor. It’s also a good idea to ask your friends and family if they have any leftover paint from projects. Almost everyone I know has a pile of paint just begging to find a new home!
Did you know that almost every home improvement and hardware store has an oops section? This is where paint goes that was mixed to the wrong color or a customer simply forgot to pick it up from the paint counter. Although it won’t be free, the price is significantly reduced. You may be lucky enough to find even 5 gallons of a paint the customer was not happy with after it was mixed.
Re-Use stores often have their own brand of paint and carry most standard colors, on top of selling donated paint in a variety of colors. If you are looking for a standard color such as white, beige, red, blue, etc. you can buy full gallons of unused paint at most restore or re-use stores. My local re-use store has gallons in 14 different colors that sells for $12.00 per gallon!
If you find some free or really cheap paint and it’s just a bit too light or a bit too dark, don’t be afraid to mix in another color. You won’t ruin the paint if you pour just a bit of white or black in it, so lighten or darken it to your preference using other paint.