Best Ways To Use Up Leftover Paint: 5 Creative Ideas
Do you have a bunch of half-empty tins of paint collecting dust in your garage or shed? Well, you’re not the only one. But before you start looking for ways to dispose of it, why not try to incorporate it into your home? Using up old paint can be an easy way to add personality and style into your home. And you won’t have a ton of cans collecting dust. So, let’s see what you can do with leftover paint.
Using up old paint can be an easy way to add personality and style into your home
Painting is no easy task. First, you have to carefully plan out each room’s color scheme and take into account which are the worst and the best colors. Then you need to take into account how big the room or wall is and how much paint you will need. And while this may seem like a fairly simple task, it’s quite the opposite. No matter how you do the math, it seems there is always some leftover paint. But don’t worry, we’ve found some creative ways you can make use of it.
No matter how you do the math, it seems there is always some leftover paint
#Use As an Accent Color
If you want to bring in some color into your living space, you can easily use some leftover paint as an accent color. If you have a hefty amount of paint left, you can create a whole accent wall. But if that’s not what you’re going for you can also make subtle paint additions. Paint all the windowsills or maybe just the door knobs. An accent color doesn’t mean it has to be all in your face. It just helps to tie the color scheme and room together.
If you have a hefty amount of paint left, you can create a whole accent wall
#Paint Your Pots
If you love gardening and have a ton of tester pots alongside your half-empty paint cans, why not bring the two together? Tester pots don’t have to be boring. And by painting them you can easily bring some color into your home. And the best part of painting your own pots is that they will always fit your aesthetic, since you have the freedom to design them.
Tester pots don’t have to be boring
#Create a Backdrop
You would be surprise how a simple painted backdrop can liven up the room. You can paint a big panel behind your sideboard to help highlight your beautiful art collection or your plants. It’s like having a feature wall but smaller. And you don’t even need a ton of paint to create this. There is no rule to how your backdrop should look. Make it square or oval or like a door. It’s all up to you. This is an easy and creative way to refresh your space without major renovations.
This painted arch is a beautiful backdrop
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#Upcycle Old Furniture
This is where you can get very creative. We’re sure there are a ton of old furniture you’ve though of refreshing. And some paint can help you with that. Cupboards, chairs, drawers – nothing is safe! Go wild! After all who said paint is only for ceilings and walls. Rather than investing in new pieces, a fresh coat of paint can really change up your furniture.
We’re sure there are a ton of old furniture you’ve though of refreshing
Speaking of upcycling furniture, this is a super creative way to add a splash of color without ruining the exterior of the piece. For example, take your desk or dresser drawers and apply some paint in a place no one would expect, like the sides! This way when you open them up you will be greeted by a pleasant, yet unexpected surprise of color.
This is a super creative way to add a splash of color without ruining the exterior of the piece
How To Store Leftover Paint?
If you don’t feel like using up your paint immediately, you will need to store it properly for future uses. Storing your paint can come in handy for many things. It’s normal for walls to get stained, furniture to get chipped and so on. Having the original paint makes touching them up easy. You won’t have to make any trips to the hardware store, and you won’t have to worry about getting the wrong color. Especially if it was an original mix. Here is a good video guide on how to store leftover paint.
Storing paint properly can come in handy in the long run
These were our 7 creative ideas on how to use up leftover paint. We hope you found this article useful. Now you won’t have to wonder what to do with all the paint. And even if you don’t want to take on a DIY project at the moment, at least you will know how to store it until you need it!
Now you won’t have to wonder what to do with all the paint
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