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Paint gets expensive, so finding cheap paint that’s also good quality is a huge challenge. The secret is knowing when and where to buy paint.

A few cursory Google searches will tell you that the pros prefer Sherwin Williams paint, but many homeowners swear by big-box, store-endorsed brands like Home Depot’s Behr or Ace Hardware’s Valspar.

I’m not here to tell you which paint is best, but I can tell you where to get the best deals on quality, cheap (as in inexpensive) paint. Before you dive into planning your next DIY venture, though, be sure to download the KCL app to find the best deals and save even more.

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Prices may vary by region and store.


1. Research which brands big-box stores carry.

Paint stir sticks, paint color swatches, and a paint can opener on a can of paint in a Home Depot shopping cart.

I compared top-selling semi-gloss paints across several major retailers to see who carries what paint.

chart showing big box home improvement stores and the brands of paint they carry


2. Buy Valspar paint from Lowe’s for the cheapest premium paint.

valspar paint cans on shelf

If you’re looking for one-gallon buckets of premium paint for the best price, your best bet is to shop Lowe’s for Valspar’s Signature series.

You can find one-gallon buckets as low as $36.98, or $32.20 a gallon if you buy the five-gallon buckets.

chart of premium paint brands and prices


3. Buy 5-gallon, mid-grade interior paint from Home Depot and save at least $20.

valspar 5 gallon paint buckets at valspar

If you’re looking to save money but don’t want to sacrifice quality, go for mid-grade paint. You can save even more money if you buy in bulk. Home Depot beats out the competition for the least expensive mid-grade five-gallon paint, saving you at least $20 if you go for Glidden Premium.



Before you read on, be sure to bookmark the KCL Home Depot Deals page to stay informed about all the deals.


4. Shop Home Depot’s Labor Day and Memorial Day sales for cheap Behr paint.

cell phone showing memorial day paint sale

Home Depot’s Labor Day savings event always has great deals on Behr paint. In 2020, they offered $5 off one-gallon cans and $20 off 3- and 5-gallon buckets.

Similar deals go live around Memorial Day, so plan your big paint projects around these sales to save!

Before you read on, be sure to bookmark the KCL Home Depot Deals page to stay informed about all the deals.


5. Shop Home Depot and Lowe’s for the cheapest paint. Period.

shopping cart filled with valspar paint

If you’re not brand loyal, then check Home Depot and Lowe’s regularly for the cheapest prices on paint. Home Depot’s Glidden Essentials goes for $18.98 a gallon, and Lowe’s Valspar 4000 paint goes for $19.98.



6. Save $5 on a gallon of paint when you buy a color sample at Ace Hardware.

ace hardware sample paint section

If you really must shop at Ace, then take advantage of their color samples. Ace Hardware’s color samples typically cost anywhere from $4.99 – $8.99. Although you’re spending more on just a color sample, it’s a low-risk way to pick paint if you’re undecided. Once you purchase a sample, you’ll get a $5 off coupon toward your next gallon.


7. Shop Sherwin-Williams sales for promos like 35% off paints and stains if you are brand loyal.

Aperson holding several paint chip samples.

Sherwin-Williams paint is a go-to for contractors, but it’s usually out of budget for homeowners. But, if you really want Sherwin-Williams paint, wait for their sales to save.

For example, last year Sherwin-Williams ran a sale offering 35% off for both online and in-store purchases.

One deal I found on premium paints was the Sherwin-Williams Duration Home Interior paint (reg. $69.99), on sale for $45.49 a gallon ($24.50 in savings).


8. Use the Sherwin-Williams paint calculator to see how much paint you need.

A screenshot of the Sherwin Williams paint calculator from sherwinwilliams.com.

Any paint calculator will do, but I really like Sherwin-Williams’ paint calculator, as it makes it easy to make quick calculations based on your project. For example, you can filter by:

  • Dimensions of doors and windows for an “Interior Quick Calculation”
  • Wall dimensions, texture, and crown molding for an “Interior Custom Calculation”
  • Dimensions for your deck for a “Deck Calculation”


9. Sign up for a Sherwin-Williams Pro account for up to 20% off painting supplies.

A store display with Sherwin-Williams paint samples.

This is technically a contractor account, but it’s free to sign up. Just create a mySW account and select “Professional” instead of “Homeowner.”

Once you’re signed in, click on “Contractors” at the top of the screen, and you’ll find info about Sherwin-Williams pro discounts.


10. Buy “oops paint” at big-box stores for about $5 a gallon.

A person holding a gallon can of Behr paint

Home Depot and Lowe’s are known to sell mistint paint ( “oops paint”), and they’ll have a bigger supply after huge sales when more customers return paint they don’t need.

It varies from store to store, but you can expect to pay about $5 a gallon or even $1 a pint.

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