You’ve put a bow on your latest paint project, and it turned out great. A color you love is now on the walls and the only thing left to do is stand back and admire your work. As you’re cleaning up, you notice a little unused paint left in the bottom of the can.
Knowing paint is hazardous to pour down the drain, what are the options to dispose of it? Here are a few guilt-free ideas:
You want to keep your new wall color as pristine as the day you rolled it! However, life happens, and smudges can appear. Save some paint in an air-tight container for touch-ups later.
Left over paint is perfect for transformations. Below are some thought-starters:
Upcycle an old piece of furniture
Add a pop of color to brighten up the room
Turn something basic into something decorative
Before throwing it out, dry it out. A small amount of paint in the bucket will dry in the sun. For larger amounts, mix with equal parts kitty litter or some newspaper and let it dry solid. This only works for latex paint. Oil-based products need to go to the recycling center.
For larger amounts of paint that won’t be used, paint can be donated to companies like Habitat for Humanity. Schools and shelters often take paint as well.
Most neighborhoods have recycling centers that take left over paint. Here is a link to find the closest in your area https://earth911.com/
On to the next project!