5 Ways to Use Leftover Paint

If you always perfectly estimate how much paint you will need for a project, and use every last drop for the final brush strokes, you are one of those rare people who should put their luck to good use and buy a lottery ticket right away. The reality is, whether you are a professional painter or brand new to the task, deciding how much paint you will need is a tricky thing, and more than likely you will err on the side of purchasing extra to save yourself a trip back to the store. This leaves you with those half-filled cans that tend to find a permanent home on a dusty shelf in your garage or basement. So, the question becomes: what exactly should you do with your leftover paint? Here are a few ideas for how to creatively put it to use.

Bathroom Watermelon Painting1. Paint Small Items

Look for decorations, or accent pieces, that you might be able to transform with your leftover paint. This can be a great way to tie one room to another as well. Think, for example, of painting a picture frame or a vase the same color that is on the wall in the next room over. The rooms become connected by a color theme, and at the same time odds and ends of your leftover paint are used up.

2. Re-Tint Your Paint

If you have a good amount of light-colored leftover paint, you can always take it to your local paint store and see if they can tint it with a different color to create a new look.

3. Mix Leftover Paint

If you have a creative urge one day, you could mix leftover paint to create a custom, unique color in an amount that Painted Door Detailcould be used for your next project. Just be sure to mix paint that is of a similar composition, meaning oil-based paint with oil-based paint, etc…

4. Recycle Old Paint

Another great idea is to use websites like Earth 911’s to find a paint recycling center near you that accepts old paint. After the paint is recycled, it is sold at a discount so that someone else can benefit from it.

5. Use Your Old Paint as a Basecoat

If you are painting a wall a color that is darker than the leftover paint you have, you can use your old paint as a primer. This sets a good foundation for your darker topcoat, and at the same time uses up the lighter paint.

If you have questions about your next interior or exterior painting project, you can always contact a trustworthy, local painting service near you. If you live in Edgemont, Ardsley, or elsewhere in New York or Connecticut, we hope you might contact us at A.G. Williams Painting Company. We would love to help in any way we can.

So, what are you going to do with your leftover paint? Let us know!

Exterior Paint Color Trends of 2014

As we head into the warmer months, you might be thinking about either updating or refreshing the exterior color of your home. After all, winter tends to take quite a toll, especially if you live in an area where the temperatures fluctuate a good deal. Before you grab your favorite painting shirt and ladder from the garage, you need to ask yourself an important question: what color should I paint my home?

What Are the Exterior Paint Color Trends of 2014?

White homeSimply put, it seems that the paint color trends of 2014 are going to be classic and soft. Whites and creams will be popular; a trend that in many ways is tipping its hat to iconic colors of classic American homes.

Another aspect of this respect for tradition is a tendency to choose paint colors that have a regional flair. There are many paint colors that are particular to certain parts of the country (such as the white New Englander, or the warmer look of coastal homes in the Southwest). This can provide some inspiration for you, depending on the region in which you live.

What Paint Color Should My Trim Be?

2014 is going to be the year of trim paint colors that are soft, yet at the same time stand out nicely. These can be on the more subtle end of the spectrum (think along the lines of beige, palevictorian greens, and light grey), or more bold, such as a stormy grey trim paired with a cream-colored home. These brisk color differences will help the outline of your house to stand out and offer an opportunity to be a stylistic statement that sharpens the edges.

Are You Going to Have A Statement Door?

Cool door

A front door that is a complimenting but starkly different paint color can be a fun way to express some creativity. This is a retro look (you need only look back to white colonials with black front doors), but one that has a modern spin because of the unique paint color choices you can make. Deep reds, a variety of blues, and greens can all be used to make your door stand out.



If you could use the help of a professional painting service when it comes to your exterior project, we hope you might contact us at A.G. Williams Painting Company. We have over a century of experience serving Edgemont, Greenwich, Harrison, and other regions throughout New York and Connecticut.

Six Common Painting Mistakes you should Avoid

Have you ever finished a project, or some other labor-intensive activity, and then heard something that made you say, “Wow, I wish I had known that!”?  Life is full of those moments when helpful information comes just a little bit too late. It is no different when it comes to painting! With that in mind, we have a list of six common mistakes that are often made during an interior painting project. Hopefully you catch these (and maybe share them) before you tackle your next project.

Using Painter's Tape1. Peeling Painter’s Tape Too Late

Painter’s tape is a wonderful tool. It helps with cutting in, creating crisp, neat lines. It also can be used for laying out designs and patterns on your wall. It is important, however, to make sure you peel the tape while the paint is still wet; otherwise the edges of the dried paint might peel up right along with the tape.

2. Putting Too Much Paint on the Brush

If a little paint on the brush is good, then more must be better, right? In reality, it just isn’t. It does not make the paint go on more evenly, reduce the need for another coat, or make the job go faster. It just creates waste. For maximum efficiency, dip about 1/3 of the bristles’ length into the paint.

3. Not Waiting for the First Coat to Dry

Have you ever painted a wall, and then impatiently watched the clock as you thought about getting that second coat up? It is really, really important to let the first coat fully dry. Applying the second too soon will only create a muddy, streaky finish.

4. Painting a Damp Wall

You might think to yourself that this tip would never apply to you. After all, who would knowingly paint a wet surface? The truth is, though, that dampness in our walls can often take you by surprise. A room that collects a lot of humidity, particularly kitchens and bathrooms, can have dampness clinging to the walls that is more subtle than drips. Be sure you dry the walls down before painting to eliminate the headache of streaks and uneven application.

5.  Not Using Primer over a Patched Section

If you looked for blemishes like nail holes, cracks, and dents before painting, you did the right thing! Finding those primer over spacklespots and filling them with spackle will make for a smooth, finished look after all is said and done. But, problems pop up when you do not use primer over those patched sections.  Even if you are not priming the entire wall, using it over the repairs will keep your new paint from looking puckered and wrinkled over those spots.

6. Not Calling a Professional Painter!

We had to add this one to the list! You may smile, but the truth is that contacting a professional painting company can make your entire project smoother, from color selection help to the final, glistening coat. An injection of fresh, experienced ideas and expertise never hurts. A.G. Williams Painting Company has over 100 years of experience serving homes and businesses throughout Old Greenwich, Eastchester, Pleasantville, and elsewhere in New York and Connecticut. We hope you will contact us!

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