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What to Do with Leftover Paint

Anyone who has ever painted his or her home knows that dealing with leftover paint can be a real pain. It can be tricky and expensive to dispose of leftover paint properly and dumping it is very dangerous for the environment. Instead of letting your paint languish in your basement or garage, there are a few fun things that you can do with leftover paint.

Donate it

This may seem obvious, but many people don’t think about donating their leftover paint. Places such as Habitat for Humanity will gladly take paint as long as the can is at least halfway full and there is always someone who will be thrilled to buy your leftovers so that he or she can complete a project. If you have more leftover paint than you know what to do with or are just sick of the color, giving it to someone else will allow him or her to use your paint so that it doesn’t go to waste.

Accent Your Home

Nothing will make a room pop quite as a color accent will. Painting a complementary color on a wall in your kitchen, living room, or bedroom will give people something to look at, allow you to express your personality, and help tie your décor together. Other fun places to add a splash of color include the inside of your front door, doorways, or a windowsill.

Spice up Some Furniture

If you have old furniture that is looking past its prime, then giving it a fresh coat of paint will give it new life. Not only will this make your furniture look clean and new instead of old and dingy but the protective coat of paint can keep your furniture from being damaged. This is especially helpful in a child’s room where dressers and stools get abused. Mis-matched chairs that you got a garage sale will all look as though they came in a set when painted the same color.

Kitsch up Your Kitchen

Wooden utensils and spatulas look fun, funky, and modern with a splash of color on the handle. Never put paint on the part of the utensil that will be touching food but adding color to the handle will brighten them up and can help you personalize your otherwise boring kitchen utensils. This is also a great way to add flair to a gift; simply paint bright stripes on the handles of wooden spoons and your inexpensive gift will look as though it came from a boutique.

Back it up

Bookshelves or built-ins in your home are often one color and can be boring but painting a bright accent color in the back will make everything that you put on your shelf pop. For an extra fun look, choose your color from your leftover paints and then lighten it with leftover white paint as you paint behind each shelf so that you have a gradient look. This is an easy and free way to brighten up your space without a huge time commitment to the project.

Leftover paint isn’t a curse; it’s just what you need to add more color to your life and to express yourself with your furniture, kitchen utensils, and accents in your home. Don’t trash your leftover paint. If you can’t use it to brighten up your life, then you can rest assured that someone else will.

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