Got leftover paint? Dulux are offering free painting classes with ideas to put it to use

Got leftover paint and a few hours to kill? Dulux have you covered with these easy weekend projects

kids bedroom with rainbow painted wall by dulux
(Image credit: Dulux)

Is anyone else surround by leftover paint from all the odd DIY jobs lockdown has let us do? Yep us too, but forget putting up shelves and painting skirting boards – we did all the boring jobs in week one – now we are looking for fun creative ways to update our rooms and kill an hour or two.

Lucky for us, Dulux can read our minds and have taken to Instagram to create some really nice, easy to follow paint projects using just leftover paint. It all started with Marianne Shillingford, the Creative Director of Dulux, creating very cute videos showing adults and kids how to paint rainbows to stick up their windows. Now they are uploading videos showing you how to use leftover paint to update your space really quickly.

Keep scrolling to find out what you need and watch the easy to follow videos, and for more DIY ideas head over to our hub page.  

How to paint a canvas 

We love this paint idea, it's easy, relaxing to do and creates a real feature in your bedroom. Get inspired by the colours in whichever room you plan to hang your canvas, and have a look at what leftover paint you have that would work with the space, then just follow Marianne's video...

You will need:

How to mix paints

If the leftover paint you have is all a bit of a strange mix and you're not sure how you could make it work in your home, Dulux have made a great video on 'Colour Cookery' (basically mixing paints). Marianne talks you through how to create shades you love from the paint you already have. 

How to colour block 

Colour blocking has been a big trend for a while now, and it's really easy to recreate at home. Here Dulux shows you how to create a very cool wall mural using different shapes, but if you are after more colour blocking ideas that you can create in just a few hours, check out our feature. To copy Marianne's fab creation you will need:

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Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer before moving to the Livingetc team in 2021 where she took on a role as Digital Editor. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration. When she isn't writing about interiors, she is renovating her own spaces – be it wallpapering a hallway, painting kitchen cupboards or converting a van.