4 Fab Uses for Leftover Paint

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If you’ve bought too much paint for a project and have a ton left over, don’t worry — this isn’t like The Price is Right where if you go over, it’s a total bust and you’re out of the game. You just have to get creative about ways to use it. We promise, it’s almost as much fun as playing Plinko.

You can give extra paint to a friend or donate it to a local charity, if you know one that wants it, and recycling it is easier in some states than others (visit www.paintcare.org to find a recycling program in your area). But finding a way to use it yourself is probably the most satisfying solution of all. Here are four ideas to get you started, from the practical to the whimsical.

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Haley Shapley

Haley Shapley is based in Seattle, where recycling is just as cool as Macklemore, walking in the rain without an umbrella, and eating locally sourced food. She writes for a wide range of national and regional publications, covering everything from sustainability and health to travel and retail.

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