When I was refurbishing my home not to long ago, I had the difficult task of having to buy paint. I have never bought paint in my life before. I had male counterparts (dad, brother, husband) to do the purchase usually. But this time around, it was a small paint job and was told to get “Eggshell coloured paint”.
After a round of dumb blonde questions, I drove out to the
neighbourhood hardware store at the nearest mall. Thank goodness, they have a paint section, albeit small but sufficient for my needs. I asked for “Egg Shell coloured paint” as I was told there should be only one standard colour. I strongly think that paint should wrk like Pantone colour charts and there should be a bunch of colours within the same family, no?
|True, there are a bunch of tones of egg shell / beige colours|
Long story short, after figuring out the type of paint I want (indoor paint, easy to clean, non-glossy), the Sales Assistant / Paint Guru got to working for me. The paints usually comes in standard white, the colours are then programmed or configured in this funky computer…
|According to the code of the colour tone you want, the computer matches it accordingly.|
|The paint is opened to prepare for colour mixing|
|The colour mixing machine goes to work|
|The paint is ready!|
After the mixing, the paint is ready for use. This was all very new (and surprisingly fascinating) for me. You know how they say you learn something everyday… I can truly say I have!
Just my luck though, I bought too much paint. Not knowing it, I actually have some leftover from the renovation when we moved in, too.
A friend of mine recently brought to my attention the “ICI Dulux Paint Bank” project. Dulux is urging you to give them your old leftover paint. Instead of you disposing them wrongly (you might just damage the environment, too) they take over your leftover paint and uses them to paint the homes of the less fortunate.
Head over to the ICI Dulux Paint Bank website here.
You can do your part in support of this CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) by doing any of the following:-
- Give them your leftover paint (find out where you can drop them off here)
- Volunteer as a painter (see where they’re going to paint here)
- Help them spread the word about this project here