Expert advice: five tips for open-plan living
- Before you start painting, calculate how much paint you actually need to finish your project. Using less paint will not only help you save money, you’ll be playing a part in protecting the planet.
- If you still end up with leftover paint, can you re-use it? Storing leftover paint is easy as long as you keep the tins away from direct sunlight and in a dry environment. If you only have a small amount remaining, pour the leftover paint into old jam jars and store in a safe, dry place.
- Someone else can use it? You could pass it on to neighbours or friends, or perhaps a local theatre group, community centre or school which may find a use for it.
Tip: Leftover whites? Mix them together and use as base coat next time you decorate.
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