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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Oops! Paint

A few years ago I discovered some paint departments have an Oops! section.  Perfectly good paint that has been returned because the color wasn't right or it didn't suit the purchaser.  What ever the reason, their loss often became my gain...at a greatly reduced price!  I just have to not totally dislike the color.  I find the same product works even if the color might not be my first choice.  Oh, and colors can and do get mixed after they go home with me.  Not a drop is wasted.

Christopher Lowell's Tangerine
Cyber Green
Concrete and block sealing paint in various colors still stop the seeps
and you can get cartoonishly creative in the basement.
Rustic Red exterior stain with sealant
makes the sandstone rocks pop!

Work with what you have.  Be creative.  Check out those odd colors that someone else didn't like. After all, it's just paint, you can paint over it.
A good basic black is never boring.
Browse in the duct tape section
to create area rugs from carpet pieces.

Oh, the joy!  

Kinda sad, isn't it??

26 comments:

Vandana Sharma said...

wow!! so beautiful and creative.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I never thought of looking for an oops section. Smart!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I did not even know there was an OOPS section.
I like the red and sandstone together.
Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

Lynne said...

Happy OOPS Day!
Where's there a will there's a way!
Love that red door against the stone . . .
Makes for a great cottage look . . .

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Why is it sad? You are creative and resourceful. Grampy said, "Waste not, want not." He would love you!

Sandra said...

not sad at all... great idea on the duct tape rug binding and i love what it did to the rocks... the tangerine looks great on the wall. i did not know about the oops section, so that is good news to... of course i have not picked up a paint brush in about 5 years but IF and WHEN i do , i will remember this. mixing paints can make beautiful colors and light can tone down the colors. not sad but fun is the way i see it..

Linda Kay said...

I love to see people being creative with things. My daughter is the queen of discount shopping and thrift shopping, and her home is like straight out of Pinterest.

Alica said...

Fun! I like the cyber green...and the red...and... :)

Arkansas Patti said...

Wish I had thought of that when I painted my storm shelter. Really loved that Rustic Red and it is perfect there.
Wonder if anyone found a home for my supposed to be Peach paint that I returned when it looked more like baby diaper contents on the walls.

Sandy said...

People with creative minds, make beautiful homes!!!

Lowcarb team member said...

Sounds a very good idea - thank you.

All the best Jan

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I love this idea! I'd love to see this locally.

Farm Girl said...

Very inspiring Gail!! I need to check out that section. I have so much painting to do. :)

Susan said...

Not sad - inspiring!

Adam said...

You can always find decent things there

Ginny Hartzler said...

I had no idea!!! This is awesome!

Gail said...

In some stores you have to ask but I've always found something I can use. For floors, walls, furniture, art projects...the uses are endless...and it's fun mixing the colors in smaller batches.

gld said...

Good advice. I planted my old entrance door with an 'oops' red.

You are very creative.

LindaG said...

I love your creativity, Gail. Maybe you could loan it to me sometime. ^_^

Susan Kane said...

Oops section is right at the exit door and have a wide selection of returns. So far I haven't given them much thought, but now I will.

John Gray said...

Am loving the fish pic

Dreaming said...

I love Oops.
Your basement bricks are lovely!

Ian H said...

Innovative!

Saucy Kodz said...

ha,ha I do the same thing and paint the barn, buoy's, etc with the odd paint. YOU can pick up some great paint for a few bucks, that was mixed colour just off a bit or a lot. Love this post.

Susan Anderson said...

I really like that rustic red.

=)

Josie Two Shoes said...

I absolutely adore your take what you can get and make something good of it attitude, and how well it works is reflected in the charm of your house! It truly is a house that love builds! xoxo

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