where have all the paint sticks gone?

Is it just me?  Or have you, too, noticed retailer’s recent reluctance to hand over the paint sticks?  Seems the last few times I’ve walked out of a store with a gallon or quart or two I’ve found myself at home sans stir sticks.


Do they seem me coming and hide all the paint sticks?  Are they concerned that I have ulterior paint stir stick motives?  Could it be possible they caught wind of my “it started with paint sticks” Pinterest board featuring … you go it … paint stick projects?



Sources: paint stick planter; paint stir stick letter; paint stick herringbone table top; paint stick drum shade; paint stick table runner; paint stick chalkboard tags; paint stick art


I’m pretty sure alarms go off in the paint department the minute my car pulls into the parking lot.  My every move as I traverse the aisles monitored.  Then panic sets in ..


“Dear Mother of God,she’s heading to the paint department.”


“Hurry. Move it.  Hide all the paint sticks.”


“You know the drill, play dumb when she asks about the paint stirrers.”


“Try to distract her with shiny things.  She’s originally from Jersey, after all …”


You know how you always want what you can’t have?  Yeah?  Well, the whole hiding-of-the-paint-sticks-from-me-strategy is backfiring.  Now I want to create a paint stir stick project even more than before.  I can’t stop thinking about it.  There may very well we some paint stick art or a paint stick letter or, better yet, a paint stick table top in my living room remodel’s future …


I’m just going to have to go in stealth mode.  Or maybe I could just send my husband in for me …


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  1. The paint stick was on Americas Most Wanted last night. Did you see it?

  2. …so I need to hang onto the bazillion that I have as investments?

  3. lol! Thanks Linda! You made me laugh out loud!! I find the paint sticks are all crappy and thin nowadays anyway. I usually can still get my hands on a few when I buy paint, but you gotta make friends in the paint department first!!!!


    Have a happy day!

  4. LOL-No problems here- they know I am not that creative! However, I have noticed that McDonalds has gone down to ONE napkin at their drive through~xo Diana

  5. I’ve noticed all your paint stick pins lately. I hope you find an ample, unguarded supply of them and soon!

  6. “She’s originally from Jersey…” Totally cracked me up. This is Pookie, isn’t it? Or Skookie? What the hell was the midget’s name from Jersey Shore?

  7. Nooooo, say it isn’t so!! I have noticed a shortage also….What the!!!!!!

  8. How on earth have I missed this fantastic Pinterest board?! I’m so there!

  9. I kind of want to go to the paint store and just see if I can get some, perhaps I could smuggle them to you… no one could know though because I don’t want to be cut off by the paint stick mafia

  10. Between the paint chips and the paint sticks, they have reason to be worried ;)

  11. Yes funny you mention it I have noticed that.I am almost afraid to ask for more than one.They give you a look …..like…why do you need more?Well this girl has lots of painting to do.Just ask anyone she knows!

  12. :) That’s so true! Last time I bought a gallon of paint I had to ask for them, they only gave me two! I remember like a year ago I didn’t have to ask and they usually gave me like 5 at a time! Nice board!

  13. Dana @ Cooking at Cafe D says:

    Don’t worry – you’re not paranoid.
    (They really are out to get you!)

    Hubby works at the HD and they actually have your face pinned behind the paint counter.
    (Okay, not really.)

    But, in all seriousness, Hubby recently showed ME a pic of a paint stick lampshade he thought looked cute. So, I’ve started pinning a few and I’ll be making ours soon!
    ~ Dana

  14. Oooh that paint stick art is amazing!

  15. Ok. I don’t get it. Don’t people USE their paint sticks to STIR their paint???? I have 300 paint sticks – all covered with paint. Is there a secret way to stir paint without a paint stick? How do people get enough sticks to do a project with? I wonder the same thing about the paint color chip projects. Do people just take all of the samples from the store? I just had an idea – are these the ones they take off the shelf when they are no longer marketed colors? Your are IASWP – you should know the answers to this question!

  16. Thank you so much for the shout out for my paint stick planter makeover. And your Pinterest board is pretty dang inspiring.
    Yes, I think Home Depot sees me coming now too. But for smaller projects I’ve started to save even my used sticks – I just cut off the part that is all painty.
    Thanks again!

  17. I’m sure there’s a board full of pictures in the break rooms at Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware and anywhere else they sell paint…..a board with blogger pictures! It’s not your imagination…those perfectly even, smoothly sanded, perfectly sized sticks of wood are enough to make us all start drooling! I bet there is a place to buy them in bulk! OMG…I never thought of that….I need to lie down!

  18. Yep, I noticed too that the paint sticks are pretty scarce at the hardware stores anymore. Whenever I buy a gallon of paint, they reach under the counter and hand me one or two. I’m sure it was hard to keep any around when they used to keep them in an empty paint can out on the counter!


  19. Hi: Shims could also work for some of these projects. They are cheap and easily available. However, they’re not as smooth and the shape is a bit different. I’ve also noticed that the paint guys are reluctant to hand them out!

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