It’s easy to mix your own paint, and it’s a great way to save money on your decorating budget… especially if you’re like me with virtually no budget at all.
Everything I do has to be done as inexpensively as possible, and I’ve been mixing my own paint for years.
I’m the kinda gal who likes to repaint rooms every couple of years (sometimes even more often) and I shudder to think how much money I would have spent over the years if I was buying full-price store bought paint.
It’s not really that difficult to mix your own paint and it opens a whole range of possibilities for using leftover paint from other projects, and also with using Ooops or end of line paints from a Habitat for Humanity ReStore that might be the right colour but not a light enough shade.
The two ReStores that I frequent sell gallons of paint for $10, and paint/primer gallon combos for $15. This is an awesome deal!
I’ve seen every brand, finish, and colour you can imagine and I buy most of my paint this way. If I were to buy the same paint from the paint store the price would range from $30 to $75 a gallon depending on the brand. That’s a huge savings!
You don’t need any fancy mixing tools or drill attachments, but you certainly could use them if you like. All you really need is a paint stick and some patience.
The one important thing you need to remember is to only mix latex with latex , and oil with oil. Oil based and latex/water based paints do not mix… and never the two should meet. I never use oil paint for anything anyway so for me this isn’t an issue.
So here’s how I mixed my own colour to repaint my red living room about a month ago.
How to Mix Your Own Paint
I started with a can of Ooops! blue paint and primer combo that was to dark for my liking, a white paint and primer combo, and a dried can of white paint that I used to mix.
The blue paint/primer cost $15, and the I got 2 cans of white a while back when they were having a half price paint sale so the white paint here cost me $7.50.
I always hammer large holes into the rim of paint cans on the side that I’ll be pouring over. This really helps the paint drip back into the can and keep the inside rim clear.
I share more tips in my Top 10 Painting Tips post.
I poured about half of the blue paint into the empty white paint can.
I never worry about measuring. I just wing it.
Then I added the white paint little by little…
mixing and stirring with the paint stick.
I added the white paint four different times to make sure that I didn’t have too much to mix in at a time.
And I just kept mixing and stirring.
It’s important to pull the paint from the bottom up as your mixing.
After about 20 minutes of pouring and mixing and stirring I have my new paint colour.
Quite the difference from the one on the left which was way too dark for my liking.
I went ahead and did the second can of the lighter blue too, and I’ll be letting the white can of paint dry out for the next time I want to mix another colour.
So for $22.50 I have two gallons of a light sky bluish paint.
It took an entire gallon of this new colour to paint over the red in the living room, so I have the other gallon to use as I wish. I’ll probably lighten it up again with more white and use it in my family room.
I’ve done this before. When I did my guest room makeover I started with a one gallon can of a robin egg blue Ooops paint. Then I mixed the leftover paint from that with white for my upstairs hallway makeover, and then I mixed what was leftover from that with more white and painted the hallway ceiling. I got two rooms and a ceiling painted, and there’s still about 1/4 gallon of the final paint colour left.
One tip for buying paint at the Restore. Always ask them to open the can. If the paint has separated too much I don’t buy it. It means it’s been sitting around for a long time, and they don’t mix them for you. Also, it’s always a good idea to check the colour.
They have a lot of other awesome stuff there too from furniture to plumbing fixtures, and just about everything in between. John and I check it out pretty much every Saturday after we go out for breakfast.
So the next time you’re thinking about a paint project, check out your local ReStore. It’s a great way to save money while supporting a great cause at the same time.
It’s a win win! And you never know what else you’ll find!
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.
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