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What To Do With Leftover Paint

    If you’ve recently renovated your house, you must be left with a shelf full of half-filled paint cans in your garage. Unfortunately, no matter how hard you try, you can’t buy the exact quantity of paint you need because no one wants to run to the paint store in the middle of painting rooms. So, what to do with the leftover paint? Store them in the garage? No, you can do something more exciting than that. 

    Try these ten ways to use leftover paint in your next DIY project. Let’s get started!

    Take It To The Disposal Center

    If you don’t want to use the leftover oil-based paint further, you have to take it to a disposal center as it’s considered hazardous waste. If not appropriately treated, such paints can cause harm to the surrounding environment.

    Update Old Furniture

    We all have a piece of furniture in our house that needs serious pampering. So why not give it a dash of paint? However, before you paint your furniture, remember that painting walls is different, and brushing your furniture is a whole other thing. The best way to start is to prime up all the surfaces. Also, the primer must match the type of paint you’re choosing. For furniture, always consider satin or semi-gloss finish in latex paint. If you’re struggling with picking a color, you can select soft white because white never goes wrong. 

    Add Color To Bathroom Or Kitchen Cabinets

    Replacing cabinets could be expensive and time-consuming, so what to do then? If your bathroom or kitchen cabinets are dated, don’t hesitate to brush a few coats there too. White isn’t the only option; you can go with navy blue, off-white, grey, green, or matte black. If you’re ambitious enough, it could be your weekend DIY task. 

    Add A Dash Of Color To Your Doors

    If you’re in the mood for something fun and exciting, you’ll love this door project. Mark half or a quarter of the door diagonally for a vibrant poppy look and cover the remaining part with a bold splash. You can choose colors like green or bright yellow with white or any color of your choice among the leftover paint.

    Paint An Accent Wall

    Are you feeling wrong about drab, washed-out walls?  Just pick a can of leftover paint and brush the wall with brilliant depth. A good coat of paint re-arranges your reality, and that’s why it’s the most stylish DIY for upgrading your home. However, it is essential to know painting walls is far more than just slathering any color on the wall before you start. If you don’t have a larger quantity of leftover paint, you can draw some abstract lines or geometric lines and paint inside the lines with whatever pain you have. 

    Bold Backsplash

    Are you bored of dreaded kitchen walls? You can breathe a new life into the kitchen by painting the walls. Have tiles in the kitchen? No issues; you can even paint over the existing tiles. However, it’s best to consult the tile manufacturer to check the best primer and paint suitable for the project. 

    Create Your Artwork With Fabrics

    Here’s another great option if you don’t have much of the remaining paint. For most of us, the fabric isn’t what we consider while re-using the leftover paint. But, if you feel you’re good with brushes, you can give a new life to your outdoor rugs and doormats. You can also consider curtains, including shower curtains, pillows, and lampshades.

    Add Color To The Trims


    Who said baseboards or window frames are supposed to be white? They don’t have to be the same color as the door either. You can add character to the room by adding poppy colors to the trim. This works pretty well with bathrooms, kid’s rooms, or home offices. Or perhaps there’s a room in the house that may appreciate a bit of color. 


    The fireplace may not be on the top of your mind, but you can brighten them up for the colder months. Depending on the amount of paint and the size of the fireplace you have, you can coat the surface or the face. For a quick and more minor task, focus on the mantle. 

    Decorate The Frames 

    Whether it’s a mirror or your favorite family picture, you can completely transform the look with a bit of splash of color. You can even create your artwork by painting all the frames in your living room with the same color. If you want a vibrant look or don’t have much of the same color, paint all the frames with contrasting colors. 

    Wrapping Up

    Since the leftover paint can’t be thrown in the trash, you’ve got to do something with it. Don’t let it sit idle in your garage. Instead, pick up any of the mentioned DIY projects for the following weekend. So, pick up your brushes and let the creativity flow naturally within you. If you don’t want to use the paint, make sure you dispose of it off responsibly, as it may turn into hazardous waste if not handled properly.