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Ways to Use Leftover Paint

If you are trying to save money and don’t like seeing things going to waste, using up your leftover paint is a good place to start. There is never a bad time to perform some home maintenance with paint, so dig out those leftover paint buckets and start getting creative.

The Kitchen

Even though the kitchen is probably where the family spends most of its time, the décor may not be conducive to a cozy gathering place. There are a number of ways you can use leftover paint to breathe new life into your kitchen. Think about the dominant tones in your kitchen and whether your left-over paint could provide some much-needed contrast.

You can use paint to improve the look of coasters, utensil handles, and even cabinet and door trims. For lighter kitchens, dark paint can break up the monotony of the scheme and vice versa for darker kitchens and light-colored paint. You can even use leftover paint to create a separate theme for your dining room to distinguish it from the kitchen if you have an open layout connecting the two.


Redecorating all of your bedrooms can be expensive, so why not create contrasting styles using leftover paint instead? Kids especially love the look of new living space. You can use leftover paint to make subtle, yet impactful changes, without changing the overall color scheme. The secret to using leftover paint for children’s rooms is using your creativity.

Painting items like computer desks, bedside cabinets, and closets in contrasting colors can really brighten up a child’s room. Younger children love lots of color and contrast, so don’t be afraid to go wild with your creative ideas. You can even download or buy stencils of their favorite characters from the gaming, literature, or TV worlds and bring them to life with leftover paint.

Upcycle Your Furniture

If you find yourself in a position where you are about to toss out a beloved piece of furniture and are finding it difficult to let it go, your leftover paint may provide the answer you are looking for. Upcycling is the popular practice of giving old furniture a new lease on life. You can put leftover paint to good use by sprucing up undamaged, yet faded pieces of furniture, that you would have otherwise tossed in the trash.

Painting and reupholstering old furniture can make it look and feel brand new. In fact, many people make a living from selling upcycled items such as furniture. It doesn’t take much skill and you can use the power of the internet to gain invaluable inspiration on how to use your leftover paint for upcycling projects. At the very least, you may discover a new hobby that will provide you with hours of enjoyment and relaxation.

Colorize your Garden

If your garden is looking a little dull, you can spruce things up by using your leftover paint. Plant pots, fences, and fixtures are features in your garden that mostly go unnoticed. A lick of paint can make all the difference, and you can use different colors to highlight features in your garden. If you have light-colored flowers and dark-colored leftover paint, use the remainder to break up the monotony of the garden by painting your plant pots.

Features, such as lighting fixtures, will stand out more if you apply a fresh coat of paint. From the street view, the exterior of your home will look much different, even though you have simply highlighted features that have been there all along. This is one of the cheapest and most effective ways of improving curb appeal if you are planning on selling your house.

Accenting & Framing

Do you have a room that is too dark or too light? If you have leftover paint that is of a contrasting color, you can use it to create contrast in a number of ways. In dark rooms, light-colored paint can be used to create contrast around frames, bookshelves, fireplace surrounds etc. The same is true of light-colored rooms when you find yourself with leftover darker shades of paint.

You can also frame freestanding artwork using leftover paint. If you see a print that you want to buy but do not want to pay extra for the frame, leftover paint may provide you with a solution. You can paint frames around your artwork that accentuate the qualities of the piece without spending money on an expensive frame.

Call the Arizona Painting Company today if you need more ideas on how to use leftover paint. We are your local experts for every painting project you have planned this coming year and beyond.




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