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5 Ways to Use Up Your Leftover Paint

If you finished your latest painting project and realized you bought too much paint, you’re not alone.

It happens to all of us – including those of us at PaintCare. Even when we take accurate measurements, sometimes we buy too little and sometimes we buy too much. It’s hard to get it just right. When you end up with extra paint, take a look around your house and see if there is anything you could use it on. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  1. Paint Some Furniture


If you have less than a gallon of paint leftover, try using it up by painting an old chair, bureau or other wood furniture. It’s a quick and easy way to spruce up inexpensive or dingy furniture that’s been scuffed over the years. (Of course, don’t do this on a valuable antique with its original finish.)

  1. Update a Window Frame


Some paint is all it takes to update a window frame. It’s a great way to create an accent in a room, and it should be possible with less than a quart of paint.

  1. Add Color to a Vase


Take an average looking vase – or a collection of them — from a thrift store and make a colorful statement. It’s a quick and easy project that you can do with as little as a pint of leftover paint.

  1. Brighten up the Inside of a Bookshelf


It’s a good way to make your bookshelf standout. Depending on the size of your bookshelf, you could probably tackle this job with less than a quart of leftover paint.

  1. Create a Wall Accent


If you’re looking for a way to redefine a living space, an accent wall can help by creating a striking, unique design element while simultaneously using up your leftover paint. A normal 10×10 room takes about a gallon of paint, so one wall could be done with just a quart of leftover paint.

Still have some paint leftover? If you’ve run out of uses for your leftover paint, try giving it away to some friends or local community groups that could use it. Otherwise, you can always take your leftovers to your nearest PaintCare location for recycling.

Tackling one or more of these projects? Share them with us on Facebook and show us how you’ve used up your leftovers.