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When you decide to paint a room or wall in your home, it is highly unlikely that you will use up all the paint in the can with none left over. Many garages are filled with partially full paint cans that take up space for years. So, what can you do with all of that leftover paint? Here are some great ideas that you may not have yet considered.
Set Some Aside for Future Touch-ups
The simplest thing to do with leftover paint is to just keep it. It’s a good item to have on hand in case you ever need to touch up your walls if they get scuffed or damaged. If you ever plan on selling your home, nothing makes it look shiny and new like a fresh coat of paint.
If you’re really opposed to storing cans of paint or if you’re short on space to do so, make sure that you record the color name, number, and brand just in case you ever need to buy some more.
Paint an Accent Wall in Another Room
If you have enough paint left over for a whole additional wall, consider applying that paint in another room. For one thing, this is a great way to reduce waste. For another, it helps tie your home together by creating continuity and a uniform “look.”
Instead of coloring the entire wall, consider creating an accent wall with some kind of design, such as stripes or polka dots with your leftover paint!
Tie Things Together with Matching Décor
If you don’t like the idea of painting an accent wall, consider using the leftover paint for something smaller, such as a piece of furniture to use in another room. This will still have the effect of creating some continuity in separate spaces in your home. You can even paint just a tabletop, shelves, or the inside of drawers in a dresser for a pop of color.
In addition, you can paint accent elements in other spaces, such as baseboards, window frames, cabinets, doors, or many other things.
If you’re going to paint anything other than a wall, make sure that the type of paint you’re using will adhere to that surface well. Look online for instructions for painting the particular type of material you want to paint.
Add Color to Everyday Items
Instead of coloring furniture or décor, you can also use leftover paint on smaller items. Craft stores and hardware stores sell lots of items you can paint, like picture frames, flower pots, storage containers, even kitchen utensils. These can add flair to your home, make meaningful gifts for others, or make entertaining craft projects for kids.
Usually, wall paint adheres very well to burlap, so try painting a burlap rug or doormat, or burlap ribbon to make a wreath.
Collect All Your Leftover Paint for a Mural
Do you or does someone in your family have an artistic flair? If so, consider using a multitude of leftover paint colors to create a mural somewhere in your home. Or, let your children or grandchildren paint a wall in their play space or the garage interior.
Jeff Sommers is a vibrant and experienced professional, having been at the helm of ESP Painting, Inc. for 27 remarkable years. As President, he has become an esteemed leader in the Commercial & Residential Construction industry in Oregon, United States. His experience has seen him gain valuable insight and knowledge, making him an invaluable asset to ESP Painting and its customers. With a bubbly personality and upbeat attitude, Jeff always looks ahead to the future as he continues his leadership journey toward success.