In some stores they have a discounted section of returned paints and stains. Strangely, but not really for me, I check this section in every store that sells paint. Through the years I've found some bargains. I've acquired stains, interior and exterior latex and even Dry Lock for sometimes a quarter of the original price.
I'm not sure of the return policy for each store regarding paint. I thought if you chose it, bought it, and opened it, you were stuck. Not so. A stranger's dissatisfaction becomes my bargains such as the latest Rustic Red (five gallons) exterior stain for under ten dollars a gallon.
The ceiling is tongue and groove pine from who knows how long ago. It will be clear coated after it's deep cleaned. The wood is too pretty to cover.
As for my waiting Rustic Red...we'll just have to see what it tells me to do.