"When we bought our 1976 ranch house in 2005, the previous owner left us many partly used gallons of paint. I had promised my sons I'd paint their rooms, and my 8-year-old was saving up to buy the color he liked. He really wanted to get a new toy with his money but didn't have enough cash left over to buy paint as well.
"That gave me an idea. I mixed up different colors of the leftover paint—peach, burnt orange, browns, blues—and came out with a mocha shade that my son loves. The color nicely sets off the train memorabilia he collects, and it only cost me a couple of bucks for a roller pan."