Most people’s first apartments had floors lined with raw oatmeal, a repurposed Twister mat for a bed, and a shower head that intermittently drizzled viscous, jet-black fluid and liquid police sirens. Now that you have the pad of your dreams, pick up some pad padding with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of paint, supplies, flooring, and window treatments at The Paint Shoppes, with locations in Providence, East Providence, Warwick, West Warwick, and Johnston.
The Paint Shoppes helps decorators brighten up their domiciles with top-quality paints, accessories, and decorating advice. The shops carry Benjamin Moore primers, stains, and paints ($27.99–$61.99), the latter of which can be formulated into thousands of colors, putting even the largest box of Crayolas to shame. Introduce a new palette to the entire house, both inside and out, or opt for a single-room facelift using a Wooster Jumbo-Koter roller and tray set ($10.99) or shortcut brush ($4.99). Ambitious types might finish a total transformation with new carpet, laminate hardwood, or tile flooring and some Graber blinds ($38¬–$99 for 36"x54"), other window treatments, or mounted jackalopes. Priding themselves on face-to-face service, the staff members at The Paint Shoppes offer tips, answer questions about products and techniques, and help create custom color schemes to reflect style, personality, or baseball-team loyalty.