4 Things to Do with a Quart of Paint

A quart of white paint being poured into a paint tray.

We all have leftover paint in our garage from past projects. You stashed it away for a reason—so it’s time to put it to good use. Compare the color of it to the paint on your walls, doors, or baseboards. If it doesn't match, you’ll need to use it for other projects. Note that if it’s an indoor paint, it can still be used on small projects outdoors, but will not hold up as well as exterior paint to sun or weather exposure. A single quart of paint can cover one or more of these small projects listed below. For additional help on painting technique and color trends, visit a free Home Depot workshop covering a wide range of topics such as decorative painting.

1. Brighten Your Mailbox

A mailbox painted with a sail boat.

Your mailbox is one of the first things people see when they come to your home, especially because that’s usually the easiest place to find the address. Depending on how creative you’re feeling, you could paint the mailbox a solid color with your quart of paint, or use a stencil to create images. You can also paint the numbers of the address or your last name on there—the amount of creativity is endless and completely up to you!

2. Touch-up Baseboards

A paint brush applying paint to baseboards.

Take a quick look to see how the paint on your baseboards is looking these days. If they're scratched and dirty-looking even after a deep clean, they may need a fresh coat of paint. Using a small-tipped paint brush, apply a thin coat of paint over scratches, nicks, or creases. Just a few quick touches of paint over these discolored areas can make a room appear clean and new, as long as the paint on the walls is in good condition. If not, you may also want to touch-up scratches and spots on the walls, as long as they’re minimal. Scratches or marks on lower parts of the wall from pets, children, or everyday home traffic can be covered with this paint as well—as long as the color matches and blends into the wall once it dries. Test a small area first if you’re unsure what the result might be.

3. Refresh Your Address

A painted wall of stucco with a house address on it.

Use some extra paint and a smaller-width paintbrush to repaint your address number in front of your home. Depending on where it’s posted, you could repaint the numbers on the curb in front of your house, on your mailbox, or even paint the digits onto a brick or large rock and set that near the end of your driveway. Even if you have stickers on your mailbox or tiles near your front entrance listing the address, the numbers can be hard to find in the dark or from the street.

4. Give New Life to Doors

A gloved hand painting a door.

Doors inside your home can experience a lot of wear and tear due to their frequent use. If you have a particular door with scratches, nicks, or faded color, that little bit of extra paint can do wonders. Use it to touch up the door or just repaint it. A clean door is easiest to paint, so be sure to first clean the door really well, and then lightly sand away any bumps or rough patches before painting. A new, fresh coat of paint on one side of the door or both can really make a difference in a room, hallway, or entrance.