Storing Paint In Manageable Sizes For Touch Ups & DIY Decor

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I have several small decorating projects on my list to do that require some painting.  All of them have to do with furniture makeovers and re-purposing, each in a different color.

The good news is that I have lots of leftover latex paint from what we have used on the walls in our house.  With all of the variety of colors that I have, I can accommodate most all of my diy decor with what I already have.

I just had one little problem…….

To get to this vast supply of paint colors, I had to jump through a few hoops.

Every time we finished with a gallon of paint and had some leftover, we added it to our stack in a deep dark corner of the basement:

Some of the cans had labels on them that contained both the color code and name but most were just the color code…….hello! …not real helpful.  Good thing for some spilled paint drips along the outside of some of the cans!  Otherwise, I had to open can after can just to determine what colors I still had.  Sometimes it was just easier to buy more paint which of course led to more leftovers!

I finally decided it was time to put an end to this chaos!  I was actually at Home Depot buying more paint….colors that I knew I didn’t have (I think) and I saw some wonderful empty quart size paint cans for sale at the end of an aisle.

I had remembered seeing other people organize their paints  with these small cans and I was suddenly filled with ambition.  I started by buying eight of these cans and happily made my way home.

To keep track of what paints were in each of these cans, I needed to create custom labels that I adhered with spray adhesive.  I have logo creator software that makes this real easy and came up with a simple design:

I just put down the basic information and put the color name in the circle with the font color being close to the color of the paint.  I wanted an exact color swatch though so I had an idea for that:

I still had the entire color swatch book from Benjamin Moore paints from when we built our house.  So….I just cut out the paint swatches that I had.  For some of the more current paints, I could just go into the store and get a current swatch or I could have painted a small circle of paint somewhere on the can.

Once I filled all eight of my small paint cans, I cleared out a shelf in my craft room where they would be nice and handy.  I also filled a tin pail with some paint supplies.  I guess now all that is left is for me to get started on those painting projects!

Happy Organizing!

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  1. This is such a wonderfully simple idea and your cans look fabulous!! I have icky half-full paint cans everywhere. I need to do this, Renee. 🙂 Sue

    1. Haha…I felt so happy when I got this done and wondered why I hadn’t done it sooner! I’m sure you will enjoy the results Sue 🙂

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