When it comes to finding inexpensive wall paint, we learned quite a few things along the way. Here are our cheap wall painting tips:
Let Cheap Paint Determine Your Style:
We found great paint in two places, and I know there are others just like it out there. Walmart often has a small shelf in their paint department of mixed paints that a customer never picked up, returned, etc. They are fresh and new and deeply discounted. Also, you can find great used/donated paints for smaller jobs at Habitat For Humanity Restores (plus other home improvement items!). The tip here is that you can create your look around the bargain you find. You may be dead set on a powder blue bathroom, but then you find a gallon of discounted snowy gray paint, saving a bundle!
How Premium Is Premium, Really?:
We couldn't be happier with flat, interior wall paint from Walmart (or any store that is similar). When we couldn't find clearance paint, we paid next to nothing for the lowest end paint we could find, and it holds up great...even in a challenging rv environment year round.
Buy Large, Use In More Than One Area:
The price for a quart of paint vs. a gallon is only a few dollars more. Go BIG and think of creative ways to use it in other areas of your home. As you see in our photos, we even used it on cabinets to give the rv kitchen a makeover.
Garage Sales, Craigslist, Etc:
So many people have paint sitting around their home, leftover from their own remodeling. Check on craigslist (or post a wanted ad) and hit some garage sales, asking folks if they have paint they no longer want. They often won't put it out, but you'd be amazed how many garages are full of it!
Test A Small Area, Ignore Experts:
If you are panicked about going the inexpensive route, then find a wall or inside of a closet and TRY IT FIRST. Why spend ten times the cost making the assumption that name brand equates to perfection? You aren't going to do the entire home before making the assessment, right? So go cheap, try it and if it looks good, finish the job!