Refresh Your Home With These 5 Colorful Painting Crafts

Get clever ways to make the most of leftover paint.

By: Briana Mowrey

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A refreshing wall hue (like a blue or green) can make your home feel brand new, but it doesn’t take gallons of paint to spruce up the place. If you have a half-empty can or paint samples, you can still make colorful crafts designed to elevate the mood in just about every room. Check out these clever ways to make the most of your last painting project’s leftovers.

Dress Up a Dresser

Dress Up Dresser Drawers

Dress Up Dresser Drawers

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If you only have a small stash of paint, or leftover sample paint, this idea from HGTV Magazine is for you. Just take the color you have (like this cool blue) and mix it with a bit of white paint for an eye-catching ombre effect on an old dresser. 

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Little Painting Tricks

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Color Your Chair Spindles

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Dress Up Dresser Drawers

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Add Splash to a Set of Frames

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Make a Chair's Legs Pop

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Brighten a Stool (Two Ways!)

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Turn a Metal Pan Into a Cool Tray

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Give Salad Stuff a Color-Dipped Look

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Highlight a White Lamp

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Beautify a Basic Bookcase

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Contemporary Kid's Bedroom With Green and White Bookshelf

Jazz up a plain bookcase by adding a bright hue to peek out from behind your books and accessories. The apple green palette in this example from Brian Patrick Flynn is so crisp!

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Apple Green Accents

Crisp Bookshelf Hues

Bold Bathroom

Unexpected Color

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Charming Chaise

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Bold Pastels

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Apple Green Showpiece

Cool Bedroom Throw

Accent Piece

Contemporary Dining Room

Traditional Feel

Playful Bunk

Brighten Up Your Headboard or End Tables

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Turquoise End Table

If you’re dealing with a quart of paint, not a gallon, you probably have enough color to tackle a headboard or some end tables. A pop of teal or turquoise is like a breath of fresh air for your bedroom or living room. 

Turn an Empty Can Into a Planter

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If you have an almost empty can of paint, apply the last itty bit to the outside of the can itself and once it’s empty, grow some herbs inside! Now, isn’t that refreshing?

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Make a Neon Animal Garland

Make DIY Contemporary Art

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Add Stripes to a Staircase

Revamp a Yard Sale Dresser

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Modernize a Traditional Brass Chandelier

Paint Thrift Store Candlesticks

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Modernize Drapery Rods

Create a Faux Stair Runner

Add Color to a Tired Coat Rack

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Paint a Pattern

Add Detail to a Basic Door

Paint an End Table

Make Your Own Abstract Art

Upgrade Bamboo Furniture

Paint the Front Door

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Paint the China Cabinet Shelves

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Give a Bathroom Vanity a Modern Update

Make Quick Painted Animal Bookends

Give Basic Pots a Modern Touch

Embellish a Lamp Base

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Make Custom Desk Organizers

Painted Picture Frames

Customize a Basic Bookcase

Add Bright Trim

Make a DIY Painted Headboard

Turn Hula Hoops Into A Chandelier

Make a Dropcloth Tablecloth

Stenciled Baskets

Made-Over Modern Desk

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Just a Little Paint? Mix and Match

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Paint Vintage Luggage

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Milk Bottle Makeover

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Nesting Tables

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Vintage Egg Basket Lighting

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Stencil Floral Plates

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Stencil a Basic Table

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Make Modern, Geometric Wall Art

Paint a Chair's Spindles

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Add Splash to a Set of Frames

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Make Hanging Ombre Vases

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Bold Bathroom Door Trim

Paint Inside Your Drawers

Paint the Mailbox Flag

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Make Painted Utensils

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Make a Painted Market Basket

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Ginger Jar Lamp Makeover

Turn Foliage Into Artwork

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