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How to make the most of leftover paint

Learn how to dispose of leftover paint safely – the eco-friendly way.


  • Before you start painting, calculate how much paint you actually need to finish your project. Using less paint will not only help you save money, you’ll be playing a part in protecting the planet.
  • If you still end up with leftover paint, can you re-use it? Storing leftover paint is easy as long as you keep the tins away from direct sunlight and in a dry environment. If you only have a small amount remaining, pour the leftover paint into old jam jars and store in a safe, dry place.
  • Tip: Leftover whites? Mix them together and use as base coat next time you decorate.
  • Someone else can use it? You could pass it on to neighbours or friends, or perhaps a local theatre group, community centre or school which may find a use for it.

How to make the most of leftover paint

Learn how to dispose of leftover paint safely – the eco-friendly way.


  • Before you start painting, calculate how much paint you actually need to finish your project. Using less paint will not only help you save money, you’ll be playing a part in protecting the planet.
  • If you still end up with leftover paint, can you re-use it? Storing leftover paint is easy as long as you keep the tins away from direct sunlight and in a dry environment. If you only have a small amount remaining, pour the leftover paint into old jam jars and store in a safe, dry place.
  • Tip: Leftover whites? Mix them together and use as base coat next time you decorate.
  • Someone else can use it? You could pass it on to neighbours or friends, or perhaps a local theatre group, community centre or school which may find a use for it.
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