25 of the Wildest Things Home Depot Employees Have Been Asked to Color Match

‘My manager color matched a cat’
25 of the Wildest Things Home Depot Employees Have Been Asked to Color Match

At least once in your life, you’ll have a hankering for something so specific that you’ll go to borderline psychotic lengths to secure it. Home Depot employees tasked with color matching are frequently on the receiving end of such frenzied inquiries, temporarily being roped into the narratives of people who need to end their quest.

The color matchers of Reddit have recalled times customers have brought in a bizarre swatch, and the woman who needed a paint color to match a bag of dirt ended up being met with an existential question that was more than she bargained for.

Horta . 2y I don't work at the despot, but I am a Certified Paint Expert according to the hardware store I do work at. The weirdest thing I had to color match was a carousel horse. Well, actually the leg of a carousel horse because that was the smallest part the customer could bring with them. I used the X-rite ColorDesigner Plus system with their spectrophotometer, along with 10 years of experience, and I'm happy to say I was able to hit it dead on. ... 5k
catjam . 2y My wife worked at Lowe's and had a lady come in asking for the color of the sky. My wife told her to look at the samples and pic a color and she'd mix it up. The lady said No I want the actual color of the sky like she wanted her wall to look like the inside of a Vegas casino. My wife seeing this lady is going to be a problem, asks her what time of day do you want? If it's night time I've got black. Now the lady is getting upset that she
mil_haus 2y it's a tie between the large jar of ghee (clarified butter) and someone's skin. i got both of those within a week of each other the skin thing was because a woman came in looking for a paint color that would match her skin so i thought, fuck it, let's match her arm and see what happens. she loved it so much she ordered it for her whole house. i named that color susan's arm. edit: i forgot a couple of other weird ones. scotch masking tape blue (was really happy with how that one turned out), multiple
cptpedantic 2y older lady comes in with a ziploc bag full of dirt. i figure she wants us to test it's pH or, something. Nope. She has a walkway, and when it rains some of the dirt from her flowerbed runs on to the walkway. she wants to paint the walk way the same color as the dirt so it isn't as noticeable. I try to talk her in to using landscape ties or something to prevent the dirt from getting on the the concrete in the first place. Nope, just wants to paint it. Ok. So i asked her
GrahamTheCracker404 2y Tostitos spinach dip. It was odd enough and with a good reward that I haven't forgotten it. A long time ago I worked for one of Home Depot's competitors and a someone came into ask if I'd be able to match the spinach dip that Tostitos was about to roll out. Не wanted undercooked, perfectly cooked, and over cooked matched so that they could paint the inside of jars to show the manufacturing teams what each looked like as it all was made. The guy showed me a jar of the dip and we talked about how he'd
Garr41 . 2y A dildo. An honest to God, hot pink dildo that a young woman pulled out of her purse as if it were no more strange than retrieving her wallet. I don't even work in paint, I was just covering. ... 175
RedditBrowser90 . 2y I worked at Lowes, but someone once wanted the blue color of the sign hanging above the paint area. There was no way I could get the sign down to put it in the scanner. I picked a paint Swatch that I thought came the closest and he agreed to it. ... 2.4k
help_me_do_stuff. 2y I was never a paint mixer, but I worked for a company that would design and print signage for trade shows. A customer needed the red in their artwork to print the same as the color of their building. They found a loose brick from their building and mailed it to us. ... 919
 2y Finally, a question targeted at me. My weirdest matches include:. Artificial turf (multiple times). Mexican beach pebbles. Parts of a Bird of Paradise. The lady loved the colors of the plant so much, she wanted each of them. Multiple parts of the flower and the stem/leaves.
Chrysuss . 2y My dad works at Bunnings (equivalent of home depot in Australia) and so I asked him the question, here's his response: 'A mum came in with her daughter in a swimming costume and plonked her up on the counter and I colour matched the bum of her swimmers which were a bright blue that were apparently her school colours' ... 402
Mindless_Beach9455 . 2y Formerly Lowe's, but I had to try to match a pillow once. It always came out light because the elastic in the fabric showed too much. The worst color match I ever had was a lady who wanted a color from the catalog, but didn't realize the catalog was printed on shitty paper. She came in the next day furious that it didn't match....even though it was the correct color via the color code. I had to color match our own damn catalog. It was stupid.
jojawhi . 2y I worked at a store called Cloverdale paint. I matched sharpies, microscopic flecks of paint people scraped off their walls, a woman's teal underwear, and more. Maybe the weirdest one was matching a guy's girlfriend's iris color. Не wanted to paint something the color of her eyes, so he brought in a close-up photo of her. It was difficult because an iris isn't just one solid colour, but it was fun and he left happy with this kind of smoky blue. ... 15k
Metemgee 2y Overheard while buying paint for my sons room. Lady in front was complaining bc the green she ended up with didn't have the 'speckle' she whips out a chameleon, photo of I presume the same chameleon, and is trying to tell the young lady that the colour they made for her was so flat. The young lady was so confused. Lady kept asking why the paint didn't have the speckle like the photo and animal. Stood there patiently and watched the staff try and explain what dimensions are, how you can't match gradient, patterns etc with one shade
lurch556 . 2y I had a toy gargoyle from the show Gargoyles. My mom saw me playing with it, took the wing off, took the wing to Home Depot to paint match, and painted our front door gargoyle. ... 383
Saigonauticon . 2y Oh, now that's long ago... I used to be very good at manually matching colors (no machines in those days). There was the standard bits of paper and cloth. One day someone walks in covered in dried paint, and asks me to match the color on their arm. Someone has spilled the paint all over him and they needed more, but had lost the color identification code somehow. Не stood around patiently for an hour until I sorted out an exact match. ... 6.9k
TarotFox . 2y My manager color matched a cat once. Mostly people just try to have you match splinters or things that have multiple color tones into just a general vibe. ... 11.6k
DonnieMostDefinitely - 24 Pepto Bismol ... 664
HxCKittenslayer . 2y Lowe's mixer here. Had a customer bring in the DVD case to The Aristocats. Wanted a specific color off the case itself, then left the DVD with us lol. We had the case sitting behind our desk for several months. ... 40
PurpleBirdie27 . 2 2y I don't work at HD anymore, but a few years ago I had a woman come in to get a diaper color matched. She wanted the blue banding at the tops color because she loved the shade so much. That was a pretty odd one. ... 245
retailguy_again . . 2y Not Home Depot, but we had a customer come in with a statue of the baby Jesus from her church's Nativity scene. The paint was chipped and she said the price to replace the statue was too high--so she asked us to see if we could match it. The woman working the paint desk with me said she'd give it a try. She succeeded. That's right, she color- matched the baby Jesus... ... 6.2k
Cumshot_Carl 2y Worked as a paint mixer at Home Depot for ~3 years. Some of the things I've color matched: - А leaf - А rock - А few shirts - А painter had color spilled on his hand but didn't have the color - Someone brought in an entire door - Termite infested wood (not weird but made a huge mess) - Some grass (for an outdoor deck) ... 2.7k
jedgical . 2y I used to work at a sex shop. We took a dancer thong into a place to color match the shade of pink for paint for the inside of our store. They ended up naming the color Booty Pants. ... 5.1k
TGSwithtraceyjordan . . 2y My mom took a can of Campbell's soups to Home Depot to get a color match for the red part. She then painted the kitchen, which was full of Campbell's soup tchotchkes, Campbell's soup red. ... 1.3k
OpenlyAMoose . 2y VOTE Somebody brought in a bar of soap for me to match. I think it was Irish spring. ... 13.1k
Nick_Jackolson . 2y Another one: Customer came in with a whole cantaloupe, cut it in half on the counter and told me to give him a perfect match on the fresh melon. ... 483


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