The winning testpot or leftover paint project by an adult goes to Doris Riederer who lives on the coast in Auckland’s Snell’s Breach. She used Resene metallics in Magma and Time Warp.

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The winning testpot or leftover paint project by an adult goes to Doris Riederer who lives on the coast in Auckland’s Snell’s Breach. She used Resene metallics in Magma and Time Warp.

Readers have flooded us with ideas for what to do with leftover paint and testpots.

Last month, we shared some suggestions for how to use up the leftover paint clogging up your garage, or the test pot collection you’ve built up over the years.

We put out the call for readers’ own projects, with the winning entry promised a $400 prize package from Resene.

We received a whole array of incredible colourful creations, from painted surfboards to wall murals and artworks, colourful furniture, garden tools and children’s toys.

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We chose Doris Riderer as our adult winner, for her incredible beach-themed chairs.

Riederer, of Snells Beach in Auckland, not only used up her paint but also saved the chairs themselves from being thrown out. She upcycled them with testpots of Resene metallics in Magma and Time Warp, among other paints.

Maya and Kalden Newton of Tawa in Wellington made this homeschool art project using posts and birdhouses they built using leftover wood, and a box of testpots. ​The paint colours include Roadster, Niagara, Daredevil, Treefrog, Broom, Bright Spark, Endeavour, Blue Gem, Bondi Blue, Scrumptious and Ballerina, plus black and white.

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Maya and Kalden Newton of Tawa in Wellington made this homeschool art project using posts and birdhouses they built using leftover wood, and a box of testpots. ​The paint colours include Roadster, Niagara, Daredevil, Treefrog, Broom, Bright Spark, Endeavour, Blue Gem, Bondi Blue, Scrumptious and Ballerina, plus black and white.

Our child winners were Maya and Kalden Newton of Tawa in Wellington, with their colourful birdhouses.

This art project saw them recycle leftover wood offcuts and a whole heap of testpots, making good use of their time at home during the Covid-19 lockdown last year.

Mum Lee-Ann Newton didn’t let any of the spare paint go to waste either – she used the rest of it up by giving an unloved door to the family’s garage/art studio a colourful new makeover.

Lee-Ann Newton used the leftover paint from Maya and Kalden's art project to decorate the door to the family's garage.

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Lee-Ann Newton used the leftover paint from Maya and Kalden’s art project to decorate the door to the family’s garage.

Here are just some of the other incredible creative ideas you sent in:

Artwork

From Foxton in the Manawatū-Whanganui region, Anne-Marie Osborne used the colour Tangaroa and Half Limerick for a Matariki-themed karakia design.

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From Foxton in the Manawatū-Whanganui region, Anne-Marie Osborne used the colour Tangaroa and Half Limerick for a Matariki-themed karakia design.

Sophia McKay brought new energy to her Dunedin Central home using Resene testpots and inspiration from a vintage poster.

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Sophia McKay brought new energy to her Dunedin Central home using Resene testpots and inspiration from a vintage poster.

Stones carefully painted by Abby Brokenshire, who used Resene testpots from Mitre 10.

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Stones carefully painted by Abby Brokenshire, who used Resene testpots from Mitre 10.

Carne Maxwell of Mission Bay, Auckland really brought the colour to this portrait, using Nero Black, Smitten, Geronimo, Yes Please, Dell, Saratoga, Tangerine, Energy Level, Coral Tree, Wax Flower, Marsh Land, Turtle Green, Blue Gem, Sea Quest and Space Cadet.

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Carne Maxwell of Mission Bay, Auckland really brought the colour to this portrait, using Nero Black, Smitten, Geronimo, Yes Please, Dell, Saratoga, Tangerine, Energy Level, Coral Tree, Wax Flower, Marsh Land, Turtle Green, Blue Gem, Sea Quest and Space Cadet.

Katrina Rhodes from Lincoln, Canterbury used Spotlight, Midnight Express, Japanese Laurel and Quarter Grey Friars for her artwork.

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Katrina Rhodes from Lincoln, Canterbury used Spotlight, Midnight Express, Japanese Laurel and Quarter Grey Friars for her artwork.

Pamela Crosse of Dannevirke in the Tararua district used Resene paints to created this sophisticated pine cone wreath.

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Pamela Crosse of Dannevirke in the Tararua district used Resene paints to created this sophisticated pine cone wreath.

Murals

Billy Hunter of Oakura in Taranaki used lots of Resene testpots for murals on the exterior of his property.

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Billy Hunter of Oakura in Taranaki used lots of Resene testpots for murals on the exterior of his property.

Billy Hunter’s fence works with the colourful flowerbed and palms.

Billy Hunter/Stuff

Billy Hunter’s fence works with the colourful flowerbed and palms.

Jess Pilz of New Brighton, Christchurch, created this kitchen mural in on-trend earthy tones.

Jess Pilz/Stuff

Jess Pilz of New Brighton, Christchurch, created this kitchen mural in on-trend earthy tones.

Nicky Pealing from Te Anau in Southland drew on nature for inspiration, and various friends for leftover paint.

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Nicky Pealing from Te Anau in Southland drew on nature for inspiration, and various friends for leftover paint.

Furniture

Chantal Johns from Rolleston, Christchurch, used SpaceCote low sheen paint in Half Friar Grey purchased from the eco shop (dump shop) as a partial tin. Someone else's trash was this desk’s treasure, she said. The matching chair was also painted in eco shop paint. Both pieces of furniture were also picked up for free and upcycled.

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Chantal Johns from Rolleston, Christchurch, used SpaceCote low sheen paint in Half Friar Grey purchased from the eco shop (dump shop) as a partial tin. Someone else’s trash was this desk’s treasure, she said. The matching chair was also painted in eco shop paint. Both pieces of furniture were also picked up for free and upcycled.

Carla Wild of Karori, Wellington put forward this table, which was upcycled by her husband.

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Carla Wild of Karori, Wellington put forward this table, which was upcycled by her husband.

Kate Martin from Otama, Gore upcycled a chest of draws using H​alf Merino, Undercurrent, Blue Moon, and Coast.

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Kate Martin from Otama, Gore upcycled a chest of draws using H​alf Merino, Undercurrent, Blue Moon, and Coast.

Faye Tapp of Ngaruawahia went all in with colour. She matched the paint to the colourful fabric for this chair.

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Faye Tapp of Ngaruawahia went all in with colour. She matched the paint to the colourful fabric for this chair.

Pania Brown from Methven, Canterbury, used leftover paint from the lounge to update these drawers.

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Pania Brown from Methven, Canterbury, used leftover paint from the lounge to update these drawers.

Toys

Jaimee King of Beachhaven, Auckland used Resene test pots left after choosing colours for her bedroom to paint a sensory board for her daughter.

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Jaimee King of Beachhaven, Auckland used Resene test pots left after choosing colours for her bedroom to paint a sensory board for her daughter.

Outdoors

Rosie Bohling said her students from Marlborough Primary School used a range of testpots to match their diverse skin tones. To paint the larger sections they used leftover pots from a previous walk mural and school furniture.

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Rosie Bohling said her students from Marlborough Primary School used a range of testpots to match their diverse skin tones. To paint the larger sections they used leftover pots from a previous walk mural and school furniture.

Aimee Whalley of Marshlands, Christchurch brought new life to a planter using Pohutukawa, Gorse, Daisy Bush, Koru, Hyperactive, Aquarius, Poppy, Bird Flower, Paper Doll, Colour Me Pink, Bush, Vintage, and Deep Koamaru.

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Aimee Whalley of Marshlands, Christchurch brought new life to a planter using Pohutukawa, Gorse, Daisy Bush, Koru, Hyperactive, Aquarius, Poppy, Bird Flower, Paper Doll, Colour Me Pink, Bush, Vintage, and Deep Koamaru.

Trish Bax brought the beach to Walton, Matamata, using Dizzy Lizzy, Java, Turbo(fizz), Smitte, Adrenalin, and Smooch as well as black.

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Trish Bax brought the beach to Walton, Matamata, using Dizzy Lizzy, Java, Turbo(fizz), Smitte, Adrenalin, and Smooch as well as black.

Thomas Sapstead from Linwood, Christchurch decorated this bird house, using Hyperactive, Daisy Bush, Pohutukawa, Gorse and Koru.

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Thomas Sapstead from Linwood, Christchurch decorated this bird house, using Hyperactive, Daisy Bush, Pohutukawa, Gorse and Koru.

Carol Lodge from Te Awamutu used multiple test pots to add decorative elements to her gardening tools.

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Carol Lodge from Te Awamutu used multiple test pots to add decorative elements to her gardening tools.

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