Brushing Up on Made in America Products at Sherwin-Williams

by Sarah on November 19, 2011

SWC Color Mix

Photo above taken of the new Sherwin-Williams  Color-Mix 2012 Brochure

I was in my local Sherwin-Williams store waiting for 11 paint samples to be made for a client today, when I spotted lots of little Made in the USA labels and logos. First off were the Purdy paint brushes, and Sherwin-Williams own store brand brushes were also labeled Made in USA. Goo Gone and HANDy Paint Accessories were also labeled Made in USA. But the most interesting find was some sort paint sprayer tool that had a very prominent Made in USA label of global components on the back of the tool. How cool would that be to be a professional painter and see  the top part with the large Made in USA label on it everyday, but then again not so much about the part “with global components” on it.

Sherwin-Williams’ paint is also Made in the USA.  I attended the their Color-Mix 2012 this year, the event previews their forecasted hot colors for next year.  Included were lots of earthy reds, sea blues, greens inspired nature and updated khakis. When the presentation came to the blue section, the speaker brought up that bodies of water (seas, oceans, etc.) and denims were the inspiration for some of the colors picked  for the forecasted colors for 2012. She mentioned the American worker and jeans as part of that inspiration.  I thought to myself how ironic it is to be showing photos of denim jean clad American workers, when most jeans are no longer Made in America.  It did make me sad thinking of the iconic Levi’s brand no longer Made in the USA.

Anyway………back at the store today, my wait for the paint samples went by very quickly. I happily perused all the merchandise with the little American flags on them as I waited.

Happy Painting Everyone!

SW Purdy BrushesSW BrushesSW Paint Gun detailSW Paint CupSW Goo Gone

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

CPN November 20, 2011 at 4:32 am

Dear MadeInAmericaSarah,
I wanted to pass on a word of warning based on my shopping trip to Hobby Lobby yesterday.
I went to the store to buy some Thanksgiving napkins and was directed to the 80% off counter. I made my selection, only to discover at the check out counter that the napkins were only 50% off. Feeling betrayed, I told the clerk that I did not want the napkins, but on second thought, I asked her to check where they were made. She proudly stated that most everything at Hobby Lobby came from Oklahoma and assured me the napkins were made in Oklahoma. So I bought them. Later, I read the package. They were “Made in China” and distributed from Oklahoma. The moral of this tale is: DON’T ASK, ALWAYS READ THE LABEL YOURSELF.


Sarah November 22, 2011 at 5:11 am

Dear CPN
It is maddening that an employee at Hobby Lobby would say such a thing. That employee must not have picked up a single up item in that store and read the label. I am sure it “Distributed” from an Oklahoma warehouse, but most definitely NOT made in the U.S. Hobby Lobby is the store that started it all. I was in there, with a friend, looking for grapevine wreaths. It was one of the major motivating factors for writing this blog. My grapevine wreath was made in China and there were no other choices. I think it would be hard to find Made in America products in Hobby Lobby, maybe some paper products and art cases. I could be wrong, but I suspect I am not. And you are right–always read the labels!
Thanks for commenting.


Carolyn R. November 22, 2011 at 4:39 am

Hi Sarah: I’m happy to know that the Sherwin-Williams paint we used to redecorate our kitchen and bath is made in America.

There are convenient places to buy American made jeans. Several department stores and Nordstrom’s online sell “Not Your Daughter’s Jeans” which are made in USA.

The next time I buy jeans they will be jeans that are made in the USA.


Sarah November 22, 2011 at 4:49 am

Carolyn R
Thank you for the great tip on the “Not Your Daughter’s Jeans”! I will definitely look into finding a pair! Sherwin-Williams is a good paint. Benjamin Moore is also Made in the USA.


Toni February 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I just read that Benjamin Moore paint was made in Canada


Barbie B February 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Sorry Carolyn R. Not so. I just bought a pair of Not Your Daughter Jeans from, who advertised that they were Made in USA–yet, right on the pant label it said, Made in China! I am returning them to Nordstroms for this, and because the hem was very crooked, the pants material very thin and cheap. Very disappointing. Shame on NYD.


Jack Hudnall December 10, 2012 at 1:16 am

I own several brands of jeans definitely made in the U.S.: Round House, Diamond Gusset and Texas Jeans. These are great jeans.


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