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Have you painted your home and are wondering what to do with the leftover paint? Do not discard it, because even the smallest amount of paint can be used to freshen up or change the look of your furniture, home accessories or walls.

Keep the creative momentum going and rummage through the shelves in your basement, storage room or garage – you might find more forgotten leftovers. Some paints can be mixed together to create a whole new range of hues. Clearly this only applies to paints of the same type: water-based coatings cannot be mixed with solvent-based coatings. Frequently, there is also some white paint left from a wall painting job, and white paint is a great base for tinting. It can be mixed with leftovers from any water-based wall paint or with regular acrylic tempera paints, which can be found among school supplies.

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    Wooden spoons are essential in any kitchen, but they do not have to look boring. Just a tiny amount of colour can transform them into lovely, colourful utensils. Mark the part to be painted with masking tape and then use a small paintbrush or a sponge to paint the handle, obviously avoiding the part of the spoon that will be touching food. To preserve the natural appearance of wood, it is best to use BORI transparent woodstains.

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    Have you got some leftovers of your favourite paint and wish to use it to restyle your home? Why not tone or lighten it with different amounts of white to get a broad palette of tints that can be used to create soft, flowing transitions? You can apply them to the interior of shelving and then place handpicked accessories for the home on the shelves, such as small potted plants, vases, candles, or books and home fragrances. For maximum precision of painting, use a small paintbrush, as well as some masking tape to protect the shelves if they are not included in the colour makeover. And trust us – even a single-colour scheme can refresh the appearance of a wall and enhance a room.

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    This idea does not only add a colour element to your wardrobe, painting your hangers with different colours can help you organise it. If you are going to paint just the wooden part of the hanger, protect the hook from the paint. Our advice is that the hanger should be hung while painting, as this will allow you to paint the whole item in one go. If you placed it on a surface while painting, you could only paint one side and then you would have to wait for it to dry before you could start the other side. Once your hangers are painted with TESSAROL topcoat enamels, you can organise the clothes in your wardrobe by colour: suits on blue hangers, blouses on yellow, tops on purple etc.

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    Stencilling is a great alternative to wall painting. You can either buy or make a stencil yourself from a thick sheet of cardboard or plastic. If you are making it at home, you can look for a design online or draw it yourself, however, try to avoid drawings with small details because it would be hard to apply paint to such sections with any precision. If you are very skilful, you could make many stencils and apply different colours to the wall in multiple layers. In this case it is important to wait for the paint to dry completely between coats and remove excess paint from the stencil as necessary.

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    Are you the type of person who quickly get tired of a particular interior design and would like to refresh it more frequently? Replacing the furniture is time-consuming and, above all, expensive, so the simplest way to give your home a makeover is to change the colours. Suitable for both wooden and metal surfaces, TESSAROL universal enamels allow you to achieve perfect unity of colour between various pieces of furniture. A single colour can thus be used for the dining chairs, the light over the dining table, the sideboard drawers or anything else you like. If you have a number of different colours, you can combine them a two- or three-colour scheme.

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    Have you ever considered painting just one part of a wall and not all of it? Creating an interesting, colourful accent in the shape of a geometrical design? A dead corner of the room is perfect for this. Get some masking tape, use it to divide the wall into triangles and colour them with different hues of SPEKTRA interior wall paints. Start by painting the first triangle and when you are done, remove the tape before the paint dries. Wait until the paint in the first triangle is completely dry before you carry on with the rest of the job.

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    There are endless possibilities of using colours to freshen up furniture. Tables and chair always come first, but there is no need to cover the entire piece in one colour. Why not experiment and paint only the backrest, legs, the bottom part of the legs or the seat. Like we said, the possibilities are endless! Check what paints you already have at home, roll up your sleeves, protect the work surface and wield that paintbrush. Fun is guaranteed – and so is a new look for your furniture.

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    An interior with minimalist, modern decoration simply loves wooden furniture with visible wood grain, and a colour scheme of white, grey and black is an excellent match for natural brown tones. If your shelves need refreshing or you are tired of their colour, roll up your sleeves and give them a makeover. BORI woodstain coatings will help you change their tone while preserving their lovely wood texture. You can also have fun with the ombre technique and soft transitions between hues.

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    Ombre is a decorative technique that requires no special skill; all you need is a bit of creative flair and perseverance. It is suitable not only for walls and home textiles, but furniture as well. Apply the paint with a roller to the bench in several bands or a single wide band, depending on the final appearance you wish to achieve. While the paint is still fresh, use a dry or slightly moistened, dry paintbrush to blur the transitions between the bands with criss-cross strokes. To avoid damaging the applied coat of paint never spray water directly on the furniture.

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    As the most common wall colour is white, this is also the predominant colour of paints left over from wall painting jobs. According to feng shui, the ancient Chinese wisdom of living in harmony with the environment, white is linked to the element of metal and symbolises purity, faith and innocence. This makes it perfect for the children’s room. Let your imagination run free and create unique wall paintings with SPEKTRA interior wall paints on a gentle pastel wall. White works great with light grey, beige, pastel green, pink or blue.

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    Would you like to freshen up your home? Using leftovers, simply paint the flower pots to give them a new, fresh look. You could paint them all the same colour, or play around with stripes, dots and other geometrical shapes to create imaginative and colourful pieces of art. When painting clay flower pots it is a good idea to also paint their interior to prevent the paint from gradually cracking or coming loose as a result of moisture coming into contact with clay from the inside of the pot. Clay pots can be painted using TESSAROL universal top coatings, SPEKTRA interior wall paints or façade paints.

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    The trend of combining contrasting colour surfaces, known as colour blocking, also emerged in the world of interior design, making spaces appear bold and fresh. Large walls can be jazzed up with geometric or rounded organic shapes which provide softness to the space as well as some contrast with sharp furniture lines. As you choose the position of the wall painting, its shape, size and colour, we recommend you to be mindful of the colour scheme of the furniture in the room. This decorative job does not require any special skill, you just need to give free reign to your imagination and get some tools ready: protective masking tape, a paintbrush or roller, a pencil, ruler and some leftover SPEKTRA interior wall paint.

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    Do you crave a change, but replacing the shelves is too costly? Roll up your sleeves and refurbish them yourself with a simple painting job. Check what shades of interior wall paints you have left, think about the look you want for your walls and start painting. You can use one colour, several shades of a colour or go for wall decoration in different colours. Select the paintbrush thickness according to the size of the surface you are painting and use a thinner brush where the wall and shelf meet for precise paint application.

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    Walls are usually decorated with paintings or photographs, but you can be more creative and design a piece of wall decoration using photo frames only. New or old, it does not matter. It could be a composition of equally sized picture frames, or you could play with proportions, using frames of different sizes. Once you have a clear composition in your mind it is time to paint. Whether you have leftovers of TESSAROL topcoat enamel which covers the texture of wooden frames, or BORI woodstain which is transparent and preserves wood’s visible texture, your wall decoration will bring a modern and dynamic feel to your space.

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    As a space that should exude children’s playfulness, creativity and boundless imagination, the children’s room is hard to imagine without wall paintings. Of course the illustrations can be your job, but an even better idea is to create they together with your child. Make it a team effort; let the child use her imagination while you supervise the painting process. Your child may need assistance with the painting itself or with the gradual brightening of dark paint with white to achieve several shades. Make sure that both of the paints being mixed are water-based.

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    A coat rack is an essential piece of furniture for tidy storage of clothes, purses, fashion accessories or keys. If you want an innovative and eye-catching item, paint the hooks on the rack with a different colour than the rest of the rack. To put on the finishing touch, play around with textures and paint the hanging pegs with TESSAROL topcoat enamel, which fully conceals the wood grain. Protect the area around the pegs or hooks of the rack with masking tape to ensure that only the desired surface gets painted.

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    For many years now, eclectic style has been a strong presence in interior design, notable for its lack of uniformity and distinctly personal character. If the core piece of your dining room furniture is a solid dining table, the chairs around it can vary in period and style. If you love colours, you could also paint the chairs, but pay attention to the colour scheme, which should tie all the furniture and shapes into a complete whole. This will be easier with TESSAROL universal top coatings which are suitable for metal and wood surfaces alike.

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    Did you ever consider painting unexpected and inconspicuous parts of furniture? For example, the outer sides of drawers, which are only visible when pulled out? This fun colour surprise will change a chest of drawers into an ingenious piece of furniture and what is best – it is not hard to pull off and requires no special painting skills. Just remember to protect the surface you do not wish to paint with masking tape and apply the paint to the sides of the drawer. Before pushing the drawer back in, make sure the paint is thoroughly dry.

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    You may have heard of terrazzo, which has seen a big comeback in interior design in recent years. This composite material, consisting of marble, flint, granite, glass or other appropriate material, most often serves as a floor and wall covering, and its attractive appearance can be replicated by using interior wall paints. Create a rich, colourful pattern on a light monochrome surface either by painting a stencil cut out in the desired shape, or by applying paint to the wall with a sponge, brush or an old cloth tied up with a rubber band.

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    Are you happy with your bedroom furniture and have no wish to replace it, but you still want to freshen it up a little? A few minor touches could make visible changes to your existing furniture and enhance the feel of the room. One such small and easy yet effective job is painting the legs of your bedside table. As you select the colour, keep in mind that the bedroom should be a cosy, warm and pleasant space with a relaxed atmosphere. Metal or wooden surfaces will benefit especially from leftovers of TESSAROL universal acrylic coatings which have no unpleasant smell and dry quickly.