Oops paint is a great way to save money when updating the look of your home. Oops paint is paint that has been returned to building warehouses because the consumer had a problem. Simply, the consumer did not like the look of the paint on their walls. Oops paint is sold for 45%-65% of what it would cost new.
You can find Oops Paint at Home Depot, Lowe's, Wal-Mart, and Habitat for Humanity Restore. Oops paint comes in a variety of choices from semi-gloss, gloss, and flat, to exterior and interior paint choices. The color of Oops Paint may not be as much of a problem as one might think.
The most important thing to consider, when using paint to enhance the value and look of a home, is the condition of what will be painted. Shiny paint finishes will not disguise imperfections on a painted surface. A small dimple in a wall will stick out, like a sore thumb, to anyone viewing it.
Flat Finishes- absorb light and hide imperfections.
Eggshell Finishes- hide imperfections and have a slight sheen.
Satin Finishes- highlight imperfections while providing some durability.
Semi Gloss Paint- has a high sheen and is washable.
Gloss Paint- emphasizes imperfections, reflects light, and allows for frequent scrubbing.
We will start our journey with Oops Paint, with six, one gallon cans of polyurethane that were dented. I will use the polyurethane to create a waterproofing barrier on our sub-floor. These cans originally sell for $29.95 and I purchased them from my local Habitat Restore for $10.00 per gallon. The polyurethane will be mixed with a tint to produce a color similar to redwood.
Oops Paint is an economical and environmentally friendly choice for homeowners who are updating their home. If a consumer buys returned paint from a Habitat Restore part of the profits fund the building of homes for needy families in the area.