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Take a chance on color
Thomas J. Story

Take a chance on color

Sheridan paid retail prices for the kitchen’s sunny yellow paint and for the rich, neutral trim (Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee) throughout the house. The rest of her colors came from the paint store’s $5 bin ― a collection of slightly mismixed paint and orders that were never picked up. “You can’t always find all your colors, but you can usually locate some for one or two rooms,” she says.


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