4 Great Leftover Paint Uses You can TryWe all take on home improvement projects and learn lessons from those many do-it-yourself experiences. For instance, when it comes to painting the exterior of a house, one lesson you’ll learn (if you haven’t done this type of work before) is how far off your initial estimate was when figuring how much paint you need. You’ll probably take all the measurements only to find the paint you purchased isn’t a sufficient quantity.
If you’re sitting on a stash of leftover paint, you have a gold mine when it comes to home decorating. With a little imagination and creative flair, you can use paint leftovers to give your home extra appeal, and have lots of fun in the process. —Paint Quality InstituteThat’s because if you spray exterior paint onto a house, you’re going to lose about 20 percent to the wind. It’s just not something you factor in, that is, until you realize how much paint you’ve already used and see you’ll need more than is on-hand to finish the job. Whether it’s due to dealing with rental home damage or just giving a house a facelift, that leftover paint doesn’t have to be money wasted unnecessarily. Here are four terrific leftover paint uses you can try out:
- Rejuvenate old furniture. One of the best uses for leftover paint is to refresh old furniture. It can be a dresser, table, chairs, or any other piece you’d like. Transform ordinary, dull furniture into something that makes a statement or give it a little elegance. It’s all up to you to decide, so grab that leftover paint and get creative.
- Create an accent wall. If you’ve thought about creating an accent wall, now is the perfect opportunity to do so with leftover paint. You can completely reimagine and reinvent an entire room just by making an accent wall. It’s easy to do and the results will be worthwhile.
- Spruce up a built-in. Since most built-in lack “personality” you can bring it to life with leftover paint. Brush over the shelves to create a kitschy feel or just bring out some of its best features. Another option is to paint the back wall to set the built-in off and make it a room centerpiece.
- Embellish cabinets. Instead of suffering through months on end until you have the time and budget to makeover your kitchen, give it a new lease on life by painting the cabinets. Then, you can swap out the hardware and before you know it, the kitchen is an attractive space.