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You have finished your work, but the paint was more productive than expected - now you have leftovers.
But where to put it? The paint is too good to throw away, but not enough for a whole project.
What can you do with the leftover paint? That's what we'll explain to you in this blog post!

What is the best way to store leftover paint?

you can store chalk paint, water-based wall emulsions and varnishes for a long time. It is important that you seal the paint airtight so that it does not dry out.
To do this, put it in a jar or a similar lockable container.
These are easy to seal and, unlike paint cans, do not rust. An additional advantage is that you can see the colour shade and the quantity at a glance.

Use leftover paint to repair flaws, scratches and scuffs

Sometimes damage can occur to your wall or a painted piece of furniture, a staircase or a window sill. Often these are small spots, but they can seriously spoil the overall impression. That's why it's a good idea to have some paint on hand to repair the damage. The beauty of all our colours and varnishes is that they can be touched up even after a long time without being noticed. The paint will smooth out as it dries.

Using leftover paint for creative ideas

You can use your leftover paint for basically any idea that pops into your head. It is therefore almost impossible to list all the possibilities.
We have presented the most common ideas here.

Painting vases

Even vases made of glass or porcelain can be transformed with MissPompadour Paints and Little Pomp Paints.
Here, however, a primer with MissPompadour Paint To Bond is useful so that the paint can find hold on the smooth surface. If the painted surface is only decoration and will not be used, this primer is not absolutely necessary. If you have leftover primer, you can of course use it.

Painting flower pots

Especially flower pots made of clay with their somewhat porous surface can be treated very well with MissPompadour Paints. The varnishes MissPompadour Eggshell Varnish and Matt Varnish are suitable for this, as well as leftovers of the wall emulsions from The Functional Wall Paint and The Valuable Wall Paint or the chalk paint LittlePomp.
You can also embellish metal or plastic balcony boxes with leftover paint. Just remember that you need a primer with MissPomapdour To Bond on smooth surfaces if you want to create the most stable surface possible.

Painting lampshades

It is also very popular to give lampshades a new colour. Whether your lampshade is made of paper, wickerwork or fabric, you can always change it with a paint residue.
Pro tip: When painting on fabric, add a little oil to your paint.

Painting fabric

Would you like to design a fabric chair seat to match the new wall paint? You happen to have some wall paint left over? Then add some oil to the paint and simply paint the seat cushion!
Would you like to use your leftover paint for more fabrics and are looking for instructions? You can find them in our article on "Painting fabrics"!

There are still endless possibilities to use leftover paint. There are no limits to your creativity.

Leftover paint that has dried in the can

Once the paint has dried, you can no longer use it. However, MissPompadour Paints may be disposed of with normal household waste when dry.

FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about how to deal with paint residues.

What is the best way to store leftover paint?

Pour the remaining paint into a jar with a screw cap. This is because no air can get into the jar and it cannot rust. It is best to store the jars away from light and at room temperature.

How long do paint residues last?

If the paint is well sealed and has not been contaminated Before, you can keep it for about 1-2 years.

Where do I get ideas and inspiration for recycling leftover paint?

On our inspiration page you will find many beautiful painting examples. If you're looking for small painted areas, just keep an eye out for multi-coloured furniture and walls.
You can easily find more examples on other photo databases outside our site.

What do I do if the paint has dried up in a poorly sealed can? How can I dispose of the paint?

Open the lid of the can and let the paint dry completely.
Afterwards, you can dispose of the MissPompadour Paints with the residual waste.