Using up what you have is a great way to reduce leftover paint. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
More than a gallonUse light shades as primers for other paint projects, or donate to a friend, neighbor, or local organization who can use it.
Less than a gallonConsider painting a small room, like a bathroom or a closet, or experiment with accent walls, a wall with many windows, or a wall that flanks stairs. You can also recoat a scuffed-up piece of furniture. Indoors isn’t your style? Paint the brick or stone edging around your garden, or protect an old fence from weathering.
A quartA quart is perfect for updating a window frame or two, coordinating picture frames, brightening up the inside of a bookshelf, or creating a color “pop” by painting the inside of a drawer in a nightstand.
A pintPersonalize a tray, color a glass vase, dip the handles of your tool set, update a table lamp, or make a playful stool by dipping its legs in what you have left.
Sample sizesCheer up a bird house, coordinate door knobs, make a playful candle stick, trim the edge of a mirror, stencil a tote bag, or dip some canvas shoes.