Projects That Use Leftover Paint

PaintRemnants Projects That Use Leftover Paint
You have a dilemma, and I have an answer. You were so inspired during Charles & Hudson’s Paint Month celebration that you went on a painting spree, expertly coating your walls for a fresh, colorful new look. And now you find yourself with paint remnants — not quite enough to complete a room (or even two walls), but enough that you don’t want it to go to waste.
The solution? Try one of these projects — not only will you find a handy use for paint leftovers, they’re also tasks that can be completed in a relatively short amount of time.


Shelving accents: Use a vivid color or a bold neutral (dark gray is one of my favorites) to paint the inside of your bookcases or other shelving units. The burst of color will make objects pop, as well as add dimension to an otherwise ordinary shelf.
Wow-worthy windows: An article in the latest issue of Fresh Home magazine recommends painting your window mullions (the structural piece that divides window panes) a glossy black, especially if your surrounding window trim is white. The resulting effect will be a subtle yet noticeable contrast that adds a bit of aesthetic oomph.
Door decor: One of the quickest and easiest ways to add a dose of curb appeal to your home is by painting your front door. A vibrant color like red or green is especially eye-catching if your home’s exterior is a neutral shade. You may want to opt for exterior paint if your door isn’t protected from the elements by a porch or overhang.

  • http://thisdmnhouse.blogspot.com Nicole

    Except for electricity, there aren’t too many jobs we DON’T tackle! A lot of painting goes on but I am almost always using a saw or a drill. And don’t forget a tape measure — preferably a locking one.

    A good, cordless drill, a compund mitre saw, a jigsaw, and my RotoZip are almost always getting used for something. (Flooring, masonry, beadboard, fencing, vinyl panels for a shed … these are some of the past year’s projects and I’m about to embark on more flooring.)

  • http://twitter.com/fast_horse Mike Keliher

    Well, I’m still renting, so my most time-consuming around-the-house projects of late have been starting the mortgage pre-approval process (!) and doing some bike maintenance.

    Does cleaning the wire grate on my grill count as a DIY project? :)