What to Do with Leftover House Paint

Stretch your imagination and home decorating dollars with these suggestions.

By Jessica Dotson


You’ve bought a new house and spiffed up all the rooms with a fresh coat of paint. Or maybe you’re in your old home that you’ve revamped a couple times throughout the years. Either way it always seems like you end up with a bunch of extra house paint and no idea what to do with it. So you put it on your shelves to collect dust and then forget about it.


When you think about it, that’s a waste of money. You paid for all of that paint, and you might as well use it up. Well here are five things that you can do with your leftover house paint and get a little more for your money.


1. Make Décor

We always buy accessories to pull our rooms together and make them look complete. Instead of purchasing some of those decorations, it’s not difficult to create your own. If you happen to have a canvas lying around, then you can create your own wall art. It doesn’t have to be the Mona Lisa. Do a simple design that uses the colors of your room and maybe some accented colors to catch the eye.




2. Matching Light Switches

This is one I have to credit to my dad. A lot of times we paint our rooms and then the light switches stand out considerably. They don’t match. Even if there is a cover out there to buy that matches the room completely, you can save your cash by unscrewing yours and slapping some paint on it.




3. Paint Furniture

Revamping a room is rewarding but it may leave you with furniture that doesn’t match the room at all. Afraid you’ll have to get rid of it and get all new ones that can cost a pretty penny? Just paint it! You get to keep your perfect piece and it’ll sit in your new room splendidly.




4. Arts and Crafts

Doing arts and crafts can be the messiest fun, not to mention relaxing and therapeutic. But house paint is just paint. Use it to make something cool. Do something you’ve always wanted to make or try, or get creative about a project with the kids.




5. Crown, Middle, or Floor Molding

It may seem like an obvious solution, but painting your crown, middle, or floor molding might be the simplest way to use up the rest of that extra paint. Too many times molding has been left plain.  While this is totally fine, why be fine when you can be snazzy? Don’t miss the opportunity to let that accent color really accent the room.




Use Your Imagination

And that’s just the beginning. Leftover paint has many possibilities for improving your home.  Instead of leaving the unused paint to collect dust or mold, it can serve a purpose and get you a little more for your buck.


Fire up your imagination and grab a paintbrush and see where your leftover paint may take you.


Images used with permission, courtesy of Jessica Dotson and www.dreamstime.com

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