So you’ve just finished painting your bedroom, bathroom, deck or one of the many other areas of your home. And now you’re wondering what you should do with your leftover paint. First of all, don’t let it go to waste. There are plenty of things you can do with it, including using it for projects in your bedroom, bathroom, deck or one of the many other areas of your home. Life and home improvement projects always come full circle.

Below are five practical and worthwhile DIY leftover paint projects for you to take on. Here’s what to do with extra paint:


1. Bring New Life to Old Furniture

Do you have an old piece of furniture lying around in your attic or garage? Consider giving it a face-lift with a fresh coat of paint. If you don’t have any, you can scout yard sales for cheap furniture. Your leftover paint will help cover up imperfections and make your old dresser, end table or desk usable once again. Be creative, if there’s a piece of furniture you’ve been meaning to spruce up or a certain style you like, use your leftover paint to give it a go.

nting Furniture with Leftover Paint

A distressed look can add character to wooden furniture.


2. Repaint or Accent a Door

Want to make a grander entrance? Paint your front door with a brand-new color. A bright accent color will make your front door the most eye-catching feature of your home’s exterior. If you’re seeking a leftover paint project that’s a little less daring, you can paint the insets of an interior door instead. This can highlight its details and give it some pop.


3. Paint Pots, Vases and Outdoor Accessories

Painting flower pots, vases and outdoor accessories are easy DIY projects you can finish in just a few hours. White pots can be transformed with a vibrant color. Tired vases can be refurbished with a new pattern. If you’ve already painted a room with a specific color, use the leftover paint to decorate some of the accessories in that same room as a complement.

Painting Pots with Leftover Paint

Don’t be afraid to use a variety of colors and styles when painting pots.


4. Stencil a Design on a Wall or Floor

Stenciling a wall or floor can be a tedious DIY project, but the end result can really make a room stand out. You can purchase a stencil from a craft or home improvement store, or make your own to save money. Be careful as you lay out your pattern, ensuring you’re staying straight and level. Here’s a great DIY stencil tutorial if you need help.


5. Create Unique Art for Your Home

If you have a lot of leftover paint in various colors, consider using them to create a piece of art. You can take a few weeks to work on a piece of contemporary art or give your kids a day to paint their own canvas. Either way, the end result will give you something unique to hang up in your home.

Hanging a Painting

Try to make a piece of art that’s worth hanging.


What Else Can You Do With Leftover Paint?

Storing leftover paint is always an option. While it may not be the most enthralling idea, it’s much better to save it for future use than to improperly dispose of it. Follow these steps to properly store leftover paint:

  1. Transfer leftover paint from large cans to smaller airtight containers.
  2. Put a label on the tub listing the color name and the room where it was used.
  3. Store containers in a place that’s safe from freezing and out of reach of children.

Following these steps will set you up for future leftover paint projects and the odd touch-up job around your home. If you don’t want your leftover paint or don’t have room to store it, ensure that you’re properly disposing of it. Research local organizations or companies that you can donate it to.

Do you have a DIY paint project you’d like to share? Drop a comment below. Also, check out the rest of our home improvement section for tips and tricks on various DIY projects.