{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

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{four things you need to know about Minnesota PaintCare}

Have you ever noticed the fee that’s tacked on to your receipt when you buy paint in Minnesota? That is the PaintCare fee — ranging from 35 cents up to $1.60, depending on the size of the container. PaintCare is a program for recycling stains, topcoats, or house paint that has been funded by that fee in Minnesota since November 1, 2014. So, what do you get for your money? Here is what you need to know about PaintCare:

Recycling paint is free.

That fee you paid when you purchased your paint isn’t a deposit — you don’t get it back, but  it applies to much more than the paint you just bought. Those fees keep the program running. But you can drop off any household paint, even if it’s been sitting in your basement for thirty years.

PaintCare accepts architectural paint products.

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{new minnesota law makes it easier to recycle paint}

What You Should Know About the Minnesota Paint Stewardship Program

Starting November 1st 2014, a small change in how paint is sold in Minnesota will make a big difference in what happens to leftover paint with the Minnesota Paint Stewardship Program.

Retailers will be required by the NEW STATE LAW to collect a small add-on fee and submit it to PaintCare, a non-profit created by the  American Coatings Association to help implement the new program. PaintCare will help manage the collection of leftover paint through newly established drop-off sites. Fees are based on container size, and range from $0.35 (larger than a half-pint to less than a gallon) to $0.75 per gallon and $1.60 for larger than one gallon to five gallons.

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