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Posted by McKenzie
on Mar 21st 2019


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Projects to Use up Your Leftover Paint

Last month we talked about some of the options available to you when you find yourself stuck with leftover paint after you've finished a project. In our post, which you can read here, we mentioned that you can repurpose paint if you don't want it to go to waste or you have a color you can't bring yourself to part with. We briefly touched on some examples, but today we're going to go more in-depth on some of the best projects to use up your leftover paint, brought to you by our interior painting professionals.

Paint the Doors

Doors don't have to be neutral or monochromatic; you can have just as much fun with them as you do your walls. And painting your front door (or any other door in your home, really) takes a lot less paint and time than you may think. An unexpected pop of color on a door or doorway is an easy way to bring some personality to your home, and if you're feeling a little more daring, you could try your hand at painting some patterns or details on the door to make an even more impressive entrance.

Make Your Windows Eye-Catching

Similar to doors, painting your home's windows is a simple but effective way to create contrast and give your home individuality. By adding some color to the frame or along the inside grid of the window, you add dimension to the room while also drawing the eye outside to the light and a beautiful view. It accents the best features of the space. Or, if you paint the exterior of the windows, you give your home the chance to stand out from the rest (you can even color-coordinate with your painted door!). And as a bonus, it's possible to get the job done with a small amount of paint. Even if you don't have very much paint leftover you could still put it to use instead of donating it.

Paint a Statement Wall

You don't need to have enough paint to cover an entire wall; a stunning painted design with whatever amount of paint you have leftover makes for the perfect statement wall. You can purchase a stencil from any craft store, or create your own to fit whatever pattern you have in mind. Or if you have a knack for drawing, you can freehand a design for a wholly original work of art. It's a more time-consuming DIY project, but the results are sure to be satisfying and redefining for any space you choose.

Give New Life to Old Furniture

If you have an old piece of furniture just laying around your home, or you've grown bored of your current tired-looking furniture, give them a new life with some paint. Rejuvenating dingy or boring furniture with some colorful leftover paint takes a fraction of the cost it would to replace them, transforming them in the span of a weekend project. It also gives you the chance to be creative and design a one-of-a-kind piece in the process. A fresh coat of paint will mask any imperfections or signs of age to make your old end table, bookcase, or desk new and stylish once again. Why throw out a perfectly usable piece when you could have some fun with it, put your leftover paint to good use, and save money all at the same time?

Paint a Bold Backsplash

Backsplashes are an important feature in the kitchen. If you're unhappy with yours it could be souring your view of the entire kitchen. Instead of spending the money to install brand new tile, try painting over the old tile with your leftover paint. It's simple, quick, and doesn't require a lot of paint, but it results in a dramatic visual impact on the design of your kitchen, making it the ideal project for using up that extra quart of paint.

Liven up Your Fireplace

Fireplaces are a heavy undertaking to renovate, requiring time, money, and labor you may not have. But they're a key feature of many living room's interior designs, so what are you to do if you're unhappy with yours? The answer shouldn't surprise you at this point: repaint it with your leftover paint instead! Both tile and brick take to paint properly when primed first, and after a few coats your fireplace will be the lovely centerpiece of the room once again. Keep in mind, though, that if it's a working and frequently used fireplace a no-VOC semi-gloss is the preferred type of paint to use.

Ending up with leftover paint can be frustrating if you don't know what to do with it, but you can turn it into an exciting opportunity when you choose to repurpose it with DIY projects around the house. Get the most for your money and let your imagination run wild instead of letting your paint go to waste!

Do you have any questions? Contact one of our Painter1 expert painting contractors today to discuss having your home professionally painted. We're happy to help!