If you’re planning for a big renovation project, or simply have a few home repairs to tackle, the expenses on materials can add up. Instead of cutting costs by cutting paint quality, we’re offering some tips on how to save big on paint.
Use a paint calculator
It can be tough gauging just how much paint you’ll need for a project, especially when you’re painting an entire room or multiple rooms at once. You can start saving money on paint by guaranteeing that you won’t be buying too much. There are several helpful paint calculators available online today, including this one from Easy 2 DIY. Simply add your room dimensions, factor in the number of doors and windows in the room, and it will give you the total amount of paint, in gallons, needed for your walls, ceiling and trim.
Commit to your plan
You’ve created your inspiration board on Pinterest, you’ve built a digital version of your room, you’ve calculated the perfect amount of paint needed for your project and you’re ready to work. The first brush stroke on the wall is often when people start second-guessing their plan. They worry if their paint color is too dark, if their decor won’t match just right or if they’re even cut out for the task of painting their whole room. To avoid this type of buyer’s remorse, do two things: First, request samples of your desired paint and sample a tiny section on your wall to avoid the issue of paint that is too dark or not the right shade. Second, commit! You’ve put a ton of thought into your renovation or project, trust your intuition.
Buy quality and only buy once
The old adage of, “spend money to make money” applies to home renovations, as well. When you’re shopping for paint supplies and blends, talk with the paint professionals to understand the right type of blend for your project, as well as the materials needed for it. By selecting just the right roller and brushes, you’ll avoid second (and third) trips to the store to get the item you truly need. It may even be helpful to attend a painting workshop or two to get a feel for how different paint brands apply and the best ways to paint with them.
Check for deals online
Finally, after you’ve eliminated the extra costs of buying the wrong materials or rethinking your project strategy, save even more money by checking for paint deals online. Many paint brands offer rebates after purchase and will advertise them on social media, their websites and within their distributor stores. Also look to buy your paint during high sale seasons. Typically, early spring is a favorite time for the paint industry to host sales, as that’s when individuals begin thinking about their spring and summer home projects. Here’s a tip: Cabot is currently offering two mail-in rebates on their paint! You can receive $10 off 8 gallons of their paint from 8/27/17 to 9/10/17 and again from 10/1/17 to 10/15/17. See our store for details!
Find out how you can save on paints at James T. Davis by visiting our Deals page today.