8 Inspiring Projects to Use up Tester Paint Pots
Find a creative use for your stash of tester pots and you'll reclaim some valuable storage space at the same time
Create a cute wall display with a collection of old drawers. Choose a cheerful paint colour that will add to the whimsical feel and only paint the edges so you can make the tester pot last for two or more drawers. Then line the base of the drawers with some wrapping paper or a wallpaper sample for added charm.
A tester pot isn’t going to cover an entire piece of furniture, but it will be enough for you to paint on a surface pattern, like the chevron design above. Use decorator’s tape to mark out your design and make sure your tester pots can go the distance.
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What a genius idea for using up random paint colours. This easy-to-implement decorating idea is sure to add a playful edge to your hallway, while doing your bit for the environment by not sending any paint to landfill. Just be sure to work out your colour combinations on paper first.
One way of using up tester colours that you no longer like is to donate the pots to the kids and let them experiment with them – you could then display their artwork on the wall. Or contact schools in your area to see if they’d like to use them in their art departments.
Have you recently discovered the perfect front door colour? Then continue this loving feeling by using the tester paint to jazz up nearby flower pots. If you don’t have enough paint to cover an entire pot, experiment with asymmetrical designs that will still make an impact.
Add interest to your dining chairs by painting on socks in a process known as ‘dipping’. This works particularly well with Thonet-style chairs, as seen here. Simply add tape to where you want the paint to reach to, then dip the bottom of each leg into the tester pot.
Transform plain shelves by painting the back wall of the unit. This creates a backdrop for your treasures and works particularly well if you pick a bold, contrasting shade that allows your collectables to pop out.
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Makeover a traditional picture frame with a vibrant, contemporary colour and you’ll create an intriguing mix of old and new styles. Try combining various types and sizes of frames in different primary colours to make a striking display that packs a powerful design punch.
How have you used up your old tester pots? Share pics of your nifty projects in the Comments below.