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Leftover Paint Projects | Repurpose Your Paint

If you are sitting on extra paint after painting your house on different occasions, don't worry about it going to waste because here are some awesome leftover paint projects to keep you busy this weekend.

Different Uses Of Leftover Paint Projects

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!


1. 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.


2. Coat or Primer

Coat or Primer | Leftover Paint Projects | Repurpose Your Paint

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.


3. Unexpected Pop of Color

Unexpected Pop Color | Leftover Paint Projects | Repurpose Your Paint

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.


4. Paint A Canvas

Paint A Canvas | Leftover Paint Projects | Repurpose Your Paint

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.


5. Create Chalkboard Paint

Create Chalkboard Paint | Leftover Paint Projects | Repurpose Your 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 for 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


Aside from the above list, you can also use leftover paint on the following:

Paint The Inside Of A Door | Leftover Paint Projects | Repurpose Your Paint

  • Dip your chair legs
  • Paint the inside of a door
  • Paint a window’s frame or a windowsill
  • Paint your bathroom’s pipes
  • Stencil a design on the floor


Still got time for more leftover paint projects? Check out his video from MoneySmartFamily:

Finding a way to use whatever leftovers is the most satisfying solution one could ever have, as it maximizes its usage and saves a bit of money in the process. Just like these leftover paint projects, it's something you can start with to get creative and come up with more practical projects!

What do think of these leftover paint projects? Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments section below. 

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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in November 2013 updated for quality and relevancy. 


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