5 Ways to Repurpose Your Leftover Paint

5 Ways to Repurpose Your Leftover Paint

Store It For Later

Seriously! This sounds obvious, but if you leave a small amount of paint in the can it came in, quite often a large one, it will dry out quickly when you store it. The air left in the can is not a good thing when you want to keep the paint usable. I pour mine in a smaller can or jar. I love using mason jars, as you can see the paint color through them and add the name of the paint color, finish, and or date stored on the top. You can even paint the lid the same color as the contents, and then you don’t really need to label it at all.

Store It For Later

Seriously! This sounds obvious, but if you leave a small amount of paint in the can it came in, quite often a large one, it will dry out quickly when you store it. The air left in the can is not a good thing when you want to keep the paint usable. I pour mine in a smaller can or jar. I love using mason jars, as you can see the paint color through them and add the name of the paint color, finish, and or date stored on the top. You can even paint the lid the same color as the contents, and then you don’t really need to label it at all.

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Coat or Primer

You can use your old paint as a coat or primer for the wall. This will help you save money for buying a new paint. Mix leftovers of the same paint type (acrylic with acrylic, oil with oil, etc.) and use it as a primer.

Tip: Use white or light colors to prime for light paint and dark colors to prime for dark paint.

Coat or Primer

You can use your old paint as a coat or primer for the wall. This will help you save money for buying a new paint. Mix leftovers of the same paint type (acrylic with acrylic, oil with oil, etc.) and use it as a primer.

Tip: Use white or light colors to prime for light paint and dark colors to prime for dark paint.

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Unexpected Pop of Color

Add a pop of color to accent a wall, piece of furniture or fixture. You can use leftover paint on the inside of your closet. You can also use it for your bookcase, bathroom pipes, or any space found in your home that is just enough space for your leftover paint to be used on.

Unexpected Pop of Color

Add a pop of color to accent a wall, piece of furniture or fixture. You can use leftover paint on the inside of your closet. You can also use it for your bookcase, bathroom pipes, or any space found in your home that is just enough space for your leftover paint to be used on.

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Paint A Canvas

Create some beautiful art for your home by painting a canvas. This is a bit challenging if you are afraid to ruin a blank slate. Don’t worry, if you are not satisfied with your canvas, a coat of primer on it gives you your blank slate back.

Tip: You do not have to use expensive or fancy art paints to create a masterpiece. Latex paint is really just acrylic paint that has been thinned down.

Paint A Canvas

Create some beautiful art for your home by painting a canvas. This is a bit challenging if you are afraid to ruin a blank slate. Don’t worry, if you are not satisfied with your canvas, a coat of primer on it gives you your blank slate back.

Tip: You do not have to use expensive or fancy art paints to create a masterpiece. Latex paint is really just acrylic paint that has been thinned down.

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Create Chalkboard Paint

If you have a leftover latex paint, you can create your own chalkboard paint. No need to buy expensive pre-made chalkboard paint, just create your own chalkboard paint. This can be awesome in a kids room or in the kitchen.

All you need to create a chalkboard paint are these: 1/2 cup acrylic paint, 1 tablespoon unsanded grout, mixing cup, spoon, paint brush, surface to paint

Create Chalkboard Paint

If you have a leftover latex paint, you can create your own chalkboard paint. No need to buy expensive pre-made chalkboard paint, just create your own chalkboard paint. This can be awesome in a kids room or in the kitchen.

All you need to create a chalkboard paint are these: 1/2 cup acrylic paint, 1 tablespoon unsanded grout, mixing cup, spoon, paint brush, surface to paint

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Article courtesy of DIYProjects.com

Article courtesy of DIYProjects.com

Do you have leftover paint in your garage from all your previous DIY projects? Think your friends might have a bunch of paint lying around they don’t want anymore? Round them all up and get busy with these ideas that should cost you next to nothing. Leftover paint is a great opportunity to express your creative side. These are just a few of my favorites that I have tried. Let's get started!

Do you have leftover paint in your garage from all your previous DIY projects? Think your friends might have a bunch of paint lying around they don’t want anymore? Round them all up and get busy with these ideas that should cost you next to nothing. Leftover paint is a great opportunity to express your creative side. These are just a few of my favorites that I have tried. Let's get started!