Choosing wall paint without making the commitment.

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Paint. It’s one of the most inexpensive and most impactful DIY projects you can take on as a new or even an experienced DIY’er. Picking the right paint choice can be a huge headache and if you have a partner/roommate/spouse/significant other weighing in on the issue, well things just got a little more complicated.

Paint samples, paint
So. Many. Choices.

For me, I typically don’t have a hard time visualizing what it will look like on the wall, but for my husband he’s more of a visual person. Before, we would buy a sample of paint and then slap it on the wall, but then it was there while we “lived” with it before we decided that it was the right choice. Then we’d have visitors and there would be all these paint squares painted sporadically on the walls. If you’re like us, there would be multiple paint squares on many walls because paint looks different in different light… You get the gist.

Hot mess express.

Then one day we found an amazing product that has changed our lives!

Paint, selecting wall paint
You can paint a bigger sample of paint and move it around to different light without actually committing to the color.

Sure Swatch is really easy to use. You simple paint on your color sample, remove the paper backing, and place it on your wall. Once you decide, you simply peal it off, or if you’re like us, you can move it to different locations. (“To the windoooooow… to the wall….” I couldn’t help myself.)  If you have many paint choices, like we did, I recommend cutting the pieces in half and writing the name of the paint color with a sharpie on the sheet. Then you won’t get confused as to what paint color is what and you’re not using all of the sheets at once, even though there are three in each pack.

Paint sample, paint
Try out multiple shades of paint to find the right one.

The best part, if it takes you a long time to decide, like us, you can always take them down if you don’t want people to see what you’re planning. OR you can always make it a fun party game and have guests help you pick your color. 😉

Here’s another quick tip. Say for example you’re perusing Pinterest or a friend has paint color that you’re in love with but it’s carried by Benjamin Moore or Sherwin William. But you don’t have either one of those paint stores close to you, not a problem! Most home improvement stores can pull the color codes, all you have to do is tell them the brand name, color of paint and if you have it the paint number, and still get you that color with their paint. One. Stop. Shop.

While we’re talking paint, I have to tell you one of my absolute FAVORITE products is from Handy Paint Pail. I love the drop in liners and the easy to use design. Let’s not forget the handle magnet so you never have to fish your brush out of paint again!!





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