{friday finds: 7 fresh ideas for using up leftover paint}

Your freshly painted room is looking gorgeous. In fact, you love the color so much, you don’t want any of it to go to waste! Have no fear, we’re here with some great ideas for using every last drop.

1. Freshen up a lampshade with a wash of color.

Emily Henderson calls painting a shade with watered-down house paint “the simplest, most genius upgrade to a fabric lampshade that you can do.” She suggests a ratio of 1/3 water-based paint to 2/3 water.

Credit: Emily

Credit: Style by Emily Henderson

2. Paint the back of your built-ins.

Painting the back wall gives shelving an added dimension — and gives you an excuse to use more of your favorite paint! Are you noticing more bookcases and built-ins featured in room sets, or is it just me?

Transitional Wellesley

Credit: Jamie Keskin Design

3. Make a Headboard.

Paint + wall = virtual headboard. Definitely one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?” moments.

Credit: Alexandra Angle

Credit: Alexandra Angle | Photo by Lucas Allen

4. Give your stairs some oomph.


Credit: Un Art De Vivre

Get creative, and paint each individual stair — or use one color to create a painted runner from top to bottom.

painted staircase runner

Credit: Planete Deco

5. Color blocking.

From shapes to stripes to accent walls, color blocking is a modern way of adding colorful artwork to your walls.


Credit: My Attic



Credit: Dwell by Cheryl Interiors

See our recent post on pulling off interior color blocking for even more ideas.

6. Go for a dip-dye look with color-blocked furniture.

Emily from The Sweet Beast does a reverse-dip-dye by painting the top part of this wooden table. Click through for the full DIY.


Credit: The Sweet Beast


7. You can also dip-dye accessories.

Credit: Rearranged Design

Credit: Rearranged Design

Whether you literally dip your pieces into paint (like the stool, above) or apply with a brush (like the pots, below), creating a dip-dye look is a quick way to instantly make a piece feel more custom and modern. Thin out your paint a little if you’re dipping so you don’t end up with sagging paint, which you won’t notice until it’s dried!

Credit: Wit & Whistle

Credit: Wit & Whistle


If you don’t use up all of your extra paint with these creative ways to recycle, bring the leftovers to a Paint Care drop-off site. The PaintCare Stewardship program is funded by sales of new paint, but any excess paint can be taken to drop-off locations.

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