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How to get free paint for any DIY project

Planning to redecorate a room in your home on a budget?

Are you part of a community group or charity that needs paint to fix up a project?

There is no need to part with your cash as you may be able to get free paint!

Community RePaint

colourful paint dripping

With the Community RePaint scheme, which has been sponsored by Dulux since 1993, you’re able to put others’ unwanted and leftover paint to good use.

Paint gets donated to the scheme from all sorts of places, including individuals, high street shops, decorating centres, manufacturers, decorators or businesses.

The DIY retailer B&Q also donates paint tins that have been damaged in their stores or while in transit.

The network redistributes over 300,000 litres of paint to thousands of community groups and people in social need each year.

As well as being an environmentally friendly idea, it’s also great when you’re on a really tight budget.

How to get free paint

reusing free paint

Perhaps you’re skint and want to decorate your home on a budget. Or you want to repaint a community centre, cover up graffiti or create colourful murals?

The Community RePaint scheme will be just what you need to get free or really cheap paint.

Take a look and see where your closest scheme is and check out the details on what they can offer.

Each of the schemes is run differently, depending on the area.

Many of them offer free paint, but some can charge £1 – £2 per litre of paint, so it’s best to check your local centre ahead of time so you can fully budget for your project.

The organisations that run the free paint schemes are third sector/not for profit, so any money raised goes back to support their local communities in different ways.  

What cheap and free paint is available?

community repaint free paint

There are all different brands of paint, in all sorts of colours, for any sort of DIY job.

You’re able to pick up:

  • Matt and silk emulsion 
  • Gloss & tile paint
  • Eggshell 
  • Undercoat
  • Primer 
  • Masonry paint
  • Floor paint
  • Exterior paint
  • Varnish
  • Wood stain
  • Satin paint

Families, individuals, community groups and even charities can benefit from cheap and free paint.

Need more than 60 litres of paint?

If you have a very large job then you can ask for bigger quantities of paint to be delivered to you.

Although, its not fee but still a bargain.

For remanufactured paint, it costs from just £1.20 per litre in interior emulsion, masonry and chalk.

Donate leftover paint


On the flip side, if you’ve got any paint leftover, then why not use this scheme to donate your paint on.

The average UK home has around 17 cans of leftover paint from old DIY jobs hiding in the shed, garage or loft, according to the British Coatings Federation.

Instead of sending it to the rubbish tip or letting it go to waste, there are many people who would love to use up your unwanted paint.

Are you sparking joy and having a clear-out Marie Kondo style? Then check out where you can make a donation.

You’re able to donate any full or part-full tins.

Other free paint

Not found what you’re looking for?

There are some other different ways to get free paint.

Take a look at the freebie section on Gumtree, or why not have a browse on your local Freecycle pages.

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