10 Ways To Use Up Leftover Paint

10 Ways To Use Up Leftover Paint

Abby Stone
Sep 27, 2010

One of the things we loved in Nick and Rachel's warehouse loft was their blue kitchen island. It was an unusual color for a kitchen space that added a relaxed and outdoorsy vibe to the space without a big color commitment. So, this weekend, when we came across some leftover paint, we came up with some ways to use it up while adding tiny bits of color to our home at the same time. Grab your paintbrush and get to work! (Bonus points for color that's out of your comfort zone!)

  1. Dip your chair legs: a quick update for a tired dining set is to paint just a few inches of your chair's legs. A bright spot of color and a bit unexpected.
  2. Paint the inside of a door: Even if you know it's there, a bold color can perk up your day. Depending on how much paint you have, paint the whole door, a panel or leave the panels white and just paint the frame
  3. Or the inside of a cabinet: Paint the back wall of the cabinet where you keep your dishes and be greeted by a pretty tableau each time you set the table or reach for a coffee mug.
  4. The back of a bookcase: The back of your bookcase is mostly hidden by books and just the spot to add a bright note of color. Paint each square the same color or get creative and paint random squares.
  5. Stencil a design on the floor: If you can't cover the whole floor, try a few squares.
  6. Paint your bathroom's pipes: Try red pipes in an all white bathroom for an unexpected knock of color.
  7. Paint your baseboards: Run the color around the whole room or only along one wall.
  8. Breathe new life into an old dresser: Paint a drawer front or two.
  9. Paint your switch plates: Even for the color shy among us, this is a fun use of color. Do this and we bet you won't forget to turn out the lights again!
  10. Paint a window's frame or a windowsill: This is especially effective on those small bathroom windows.

Related Links:

12 Great No-Voc and Nontoxic Eco Paints
How To Paint a Room

(Image: Nick & Rachel's Creative Warehouse Loft)

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