As the weather starts to warm up, many people start planning their spring and summer home improvement projects. If you have purchased a house recently and want to paint it, this is the best time of year to do it, before summer monsoons or heat make it impossible. But you are bound to have leftover paint from these kinds of projects. What can you do with your leftover paint?
- Use it for other projects. Did you know that you can turn regular paint into chalkboard paint by just adding plaster to any color of paint you might have left over? There are lots of different ways you can use leftover paint, depending on what color it is and whether or not you need to hold on to it for touchups later down the line. Use it as a base coat for painting furniture, for arts and craft projects, to create accent walls inside your home, and more.
- Store it properly. You want to make sure that you have a little bit of house paint on hand to touch up your paint job. Because you might not need to make those touchups for a couple of years, you want to make sure that your paint is stored properly. You can store old paint in its can, but you should make sure that the can is closed properly and that it is stored somewhere that does not get too hot or too cold, as both of these conditions will ultimately spoil the paint.
- Dispose of it properly. Paint should not be disposed of like any other household item. It is technically a hazardous material, and that means that it needs to be taken to a disposal center, where it can be properly dealt with. There are lots of disposal centers, so it should be easy to find one in your area that accepts half-used paint.
- Donate it. If you have plenty of paint left over, you might consider donating it to a church, school, charity, or local theater. These organizations are always in need of paint, so if you have a can that you are certain you cannot or do not want to use for anything else, but you also do not just want to throw it away, you could always donate it.