Paint Colors,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

8 Creative Ways To Use Up Leftover Paint

After you have a few painting projects under your belt, you probably have more partially-filled leftover paint cans than you know what to do with. The painting professionals at University Painters are familiar with this common dilemma.

Of course, it’s a good idea to hang on to a little bit of extra paint for each of the colors in your home. Few interior walls remain unscathed for long, so there’s a good chance they’ll need periodic touch ups to keep them looking their best.

Sometimes, you’ll find mystery cans you can’t even identify and know you’ll never need, but just can’t bring yourself to throw away. If you’re feeling creative, the following do-it-yourself projects are a fun and guilt-free way to use leftover paint instead of letting them clutter up your basement or garage.

1) Paint a canvas! If you’re not satisfed with your creation, you can always repaint your canvas with primer and try again on a blank slate.
2) Paint an old piece of furniture that needs saving from the landfill. These are everywhere, from thrift stores to your neighbor’s curb.
3) Use a stencil to paint a design on a wall or on a piece of furniture.
4) Find some unused metal or wooden picture frames and paint them to match your decor.
5) Paint an accent wall. A small amount of paint can go a long way in adding a pop of color to your home.
6) Give the inside of a cabinet or the back of a bookshelf some pizzazz by painting it a bright color.
7) Paint your switch plates in a whimsical pattern.
8) Paint clay garden pots and group them together to add a splash of color to your yard, even in the winter.

With a little imagination, you can transform everyday items into unique works of art. Be sure to visit University Painters’ website at www.universitypainters.com for the latest in painting tips and advice.