Painting is one of the easiest home improvements out there. Also, most people—whether renters or homeowners—have picked up a brush at some point in their lives. It’s also an easy project to jump into without asking questions first. Thus, thinking about the right ways to do things. Instead of wasting your time and money. Therefore, here are four things you should positively, never, ever do with your interior paint.
While there’s nothing stopping you from painting a fence or your front door with some interior paint you already own. Therefore, you’ll probably regret it sooner than later. Outside conditions bring all kinds of challenges paints don’t have to withstand indoors: sun, rain, wind, snow, and worse. Exterior paint is create to stand up to the elements, and bulked up with additives for just that purpose. An interior paint, on the other hand, will likely fade sooner than later, and deteriorate as well.
There are so many cool ways to paint a floor. Stencils, patterns, a whitewash effect, you name it. But there’s a reason they make a special porch and floor paint. Interior paint is meant for walls and trim—things that get touched occasionally. Also, get wipe down even less often. Floors, on the other hand, take a regular beating. Paint lines dedicated to porches and floors are harder and better able to handle everything thrown their way, whereas regular old interior paint just won’t cut it.
So you’re all done with your project and there’s just a smidge of paint left in the can. Toss it in the trash? No! Most paint is toxic, and bad for the environment, so there are rules for how to handle waste. Either keep it for touch-ups, find a recycling center near you (google your city name and paint recycling for local options), or follow this clever tip from Lowe’s to dry it out, thereby allowing you to throw it away—just mix in cat litter till it dries. (Sawdust will work too, but you’re less likely to have that lying around.) Then you’re free to toss it.
Ok, hopefully we don’t have to tell you this, but just in case: Even if it’s not prohibited in your area (and weirdly, some cities say it’s okay), it’s not a good idea unless you’re certain it’s biodegradable and clearly says you can. Not only can latex and oil paint harm the water supply, do you really want to risk gumming up and potentially clogging your pipes—not to mention staining your sink?