So last week when I was looking for the perfect paint color for my office, I happened upon the Valspar (Lowes' house brand of paint) site. I noticed a little ad at the bottom of the page that said "Free Color Sample." Being that when I painted my room I purchased no less than 5 color samples from Lowe's, I thought this would be a pretty good deal.

Every day at 9:00 a.m. CST Valspar gives away 1000 free sample paints. Now, I was thinking I was going to get a coupon that I could bring into Lowe's and redeem it for a sample. Instead, I was taken to a color grid, picked a color and they said they would send it to me in the mail.

Much to my delight today, I received this package:

It was just so well designed. And you guys know I loved good details. In it was the paint sample I requested, a mini roller, a sample chip and a $5 coupon for a gallon of Valspar paint.

In addition to the sample chip they sent, they also sent three complementary colors that would look good within the room or an adjacent room, along with a nice thank you note.

I have to admit, I was blown away. I didn't pay a penny for this and thought that the packaging was amazing. I wish I was being paid for this endorsement, but I really was just super impressed with their offerings.
For the record, the color I ordered was Shiitake...kind of a green/gray/tan (are you sensing a theme here?). My next project is my half bath and I will definitely be using a Valspar paint.


  1. This is so great! I'm getting ready to move from an apartment to a house and every room needs painting! Thanks for the tip!

    - Alyssa

  2. I love this!! Thanks for sharing! We are about to paint our nursery so I would love a free sample color.

  3. I found your blog from "In this wonderful life", but hadn't commented before. Thanks for the tip on the Valspar samples- I'm always wanting to paint things and those little samples get expensive! Great tip, and I agree, great packaging!

  4. Wow, that's pretty cool! Though I have to say, I'm very partial to the big Orange store and their brand of paint. Rhymes with lair. And hair.. and fair.. and rare.

    Got it???? :)

  5. Thanks for the info! I just ordered mine. We always use Behr, but I have been trying to make use of the little sample cans for small projects, so this will be great! I'm thinking about finding a mirror or some picture frames at Goodwill that I can paint and will just use the sampler for that!

  6. I love that we are impressed by the same things. I can't believe they spend all that attention to detail for a promotional item. The mini roller is the perfect touch!

  7. My sis-n-law Lou Ann introduced me to your fabulous blog and I am a follower now!! I am totally going to order some paint samples now! You have the greatest ideas!! Thanks for the tips!


  8. That is SO cool {sad that I get excited about something like paint colors??}! Let me know how the colors turn out, I'm sure we'll be picking paint colors at some point in the next year, so I need to start making a list! :)


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