Quick Tip: Touch Up for Cheap

February 18, 2012

Ever heard the saying, "It's like using a sledgehammer to kill an ant"? Have you ever needed to touch up some paint but end up buying a whole gallon? For those small jobs such as covering up nail holes, or fixing that white smudge on the wall you made when painting your baseboard, buy a sample size jar of paint instead. You can go to your local home improvement store and purchase convenient samples for much cheaper than a quart or gallon. According to a local Lowe's employee, it seems to be catching on with many do-it-yourselfers, as they are beginning to sell large quantities of these samples.

The pictured samples were only $2.94 each at Lowe's. With a gallon priced at around $25 to $30, it is a huge savings. A great idea when selling your home is to include a few samples so the new owners can make touch ups as needed. Even if they decided to repaint every room, it's a nice gesture and you're only out a couple bucks each.

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