59. OOPS Paint

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March 26, 2014 by bdetienne


When you become a homeowner one of the fundamental truths you discover is that home improvement stores are your best friend. If you did not spend a lot of time hanging out at Home Depot/Lowe’s/Menard’s/Ace Hardware/etc. before you bought your new home you will now. Sometimes it is a necessity purchase to fix that hole in the fence or replacing that part on the toilet; other times it is a desire purchase to customize the light fixtures, plants, door handles, doors, floors, and tile. They have seemingly everything you need to make your home just the way you want it [or at least, as much as your time and budget allow]. While all of the items listed above can help accomplish this nothing makes a home your home like the color of paint you choose for its exterior and interior. And if you are not too picky, you can find yourself a great deal on paint in the OOPS section.

Paint departments today utilize a computer system in which certain amounts of colors are added to a white base paint to come up with the color John and Jane Homeowner desire for their bedroom. Typically the process produces the correct hue but occasionally the wrong color or too much paint is made. The customer is always right so eventually they leave with what they want, but what do you do with this erroneous paint, this OOPS paint? These stores want to get rid of it but they still have a bottom line to manage so they sell it at a steep discount to get it out of their inventory.

While this works well for the home improvement store it is even more advantageous for the shopper who is able to swoop in at the right time and grab it. Paint is not cheap: a typical gallon of paint will run you about $30.00. Conversely, a gallon of OOPS paint can be between $5.00 and $15.00. Just like that you have knocked off $15.00-$25.00 from the budget. It may not be the exact color you envisioned for the room but it will work and, as my wife likes to say, you are “saving the dollars.” You can even pull a Nicole Curtis and take the OOPS paint to a paint store and have them mix other colors in to make the color you want or a color that is “invented” and will work for what you are painting. They only charge a few dollars to do this and you are still paying less than the $30.00 you would be under normal circumstances.

The downside to OOPS paint is three-fold. First, you are not getting the exact color you want. You are settling for something that will get a color up on your wall. If you have the money for a regular can of paint or just have to have the color you picked out, avoid the OOPS paint. Second, OOPS paint is not always available or if it is, not in a color you would ever pick. OOPS paint is first-come, first-serve and the inventory is dependent on the time of year, the colors produced, and lucky timing. If you want to get the job done and done now, do not get your hopes up that this trip to Home Depot will be the one in which you find that perfect paint waiting for you. Third, and this happens whether the paint you are using is regular or OOPS, sometimes the color looks like one that will work…until you have it up on the wall. My wife and I bought a light green OOPS paint for our bathroom. It looked like a nice color but when we got it up on the walls it looked more of a bright sea green you would see in a marina setting or certain restaurants. It was definitely not a color we are satisfied with but thankfully, we spent $7.00 instead of $30.00 on it.

The next time you are at your home improvement store, Wal-Mart, Sherwin-Williams, or any other store selling paint, check out their OOPS paint section. You may just find something you like for a fraction of the price you would normally spend.





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