How to Buy Oops Paint at Home Depot

Home Depot, a home improvement store based in the United States, is a retailer providing homeowners with relevant home building, renovating and designing products. Oops Paint products are created when too much of one type or the wrong color of paint is mixed at the Home Depot paint counter. While other national home improvement stores offer this type of paint, "Oops Paint" is a term only used when referring to incorrectly mixed paint purchased at Home Depot. Customers looking for paint can normally find an array of colors in various finishes, including flat, satin, semi-gloss and gloss. The finishes and colors available depend on the paint left behind when customers were not happy with a finished mixed color, too much of a particular color was mixed, or the wrong finish was used. Customers can find deep discounts on Oops Paint; gallon-sized tinted Oops Paint normally sells for as little as $5.00 per gallon and pints of Oops Paint may be as little as $1.00 per pint based on 2011 pricing statistics. Depending on the specific Home Depot store, customers may find Oops Paint at even lower prices, especially if it has remained in the store for an extended period.

Step 1

Visit the paint department at your local Home Depot store. Oops Paint is most always kept in the paint department. The store may decide to display their overstock of Oops Paint at the front of the store in order to draw more attention to the paint in hopes of selling it quickly.

Step 2

Ask a sales associate to help you find the Oops Paint if it is not readily available in the front of the paint department. Many Home Depot stores make a shelf available in the department specifically set aside for Oops Paint.

Step 3

Check the original paint labels for the type of finish. You may purchase different containers of paint and mix the containers together as long as you choose the exact same finish.

Step 4

Check the Oops Paint label, which will contain a splotch of the actual paint and may contain the name of the paint shade that was mixed. Since a machine mixes the paint, at times shades may vary due to malfunction. Compare the shades of paint by looking at the actual color swatch that has been hand-dabbed on the Oops label and not by reading the name.