||10-05-2012 11:40 AM
Recycled Paint Success
I've been doing some work in the basement of my office building. Found the water leak, tore out the moldy old, drywalled & mudded, etc.
Then it was on to paint. I primed & painted over the flat black ceiling paint (no idea why anybody would ever do that), and moved on to the walls.
Since I'm cheap, and since the color & sheen didn't really matter, I decided to head down to a local "paint recycle store." It's a city-wide place where people can drop off their leftover paint, and anybody can go pick up (for free) whatever paint they want.
First time I've ever been there. I picked up 7 part-gallons of paint I thought I could mix up to get kind of a light blue-gray look. Obviously, I selected all interior paint. Various sheens, though no flat. Combined and mixed them in a 5 gallon bucket and gave it a whirl.
Below is the "almost finished" result (the light circles are dust on the camera lens, not something with the paint). I'm pretty happy with it. The paint rolled on nicely, and covered very well. The sheen ended up being in the eggshell/satin realm. I needed about 4 gallons, so I figure I saved about $100 - maybe a little more. Plus, it's kind of nice to be at least a little "green."
I'll be doing this again, for applications where I have some flexibility with color and sheen. If you have such a facility nearby, I'd suggest you give it a go. You might like it.