This weekend the Husbeast almost totally finished organizing
our his garage man cave. I’m sure to have an enormous post about the garage eventually, but I have to wait until he tells me its officially “ready” :). Part of the purge he completed today was hauling all the paint inside and instructing me to “do something with this crap”. I already had in mind exactly how I wanted to store the paint, I just wasn’t sure where it would end up. What we discovered this weekend that finally pushed us to actually DO something was finding out half of our paint was frozen and ruined. Bummer.
So the paint we salvaged is now all happily indoors and prettified.
Here are all the reasons why we were hunting for new paint storage:
- We had trouble finding paints amidst the cans of all-exactly-the-same Behr paint cans.
- We often bought more paint because we didn’t realize we actually had some still
- We had no labeling method so it was hard to tell what was in every can as the outsides of many of them became messier each time we used them
- We really had no way to know how much was in the can and usable, making project planning difficult
I had seen on IHeart Organizing many moons ago that she organized all her paints in small canning jars. I wanted to take that a step further and use the larger AND smaller jars to house all of our various paints. Everything from chalk paint to chalkboard paint to interior and exterior house paint. All.the.paints needed a new home. This was our best labeled paint from before.
Lord that’s sad. That was our cleanest can too. Half of them had so much paint covering them you couldn’t even read the label. I headed to Target and bought a tray of larger and smaller ball jars. It turns out we actually need more haha, and could probably even use the XL ball jars that you can find at Hobby Lobby. Some of the cans we had nearly a full gallon of and so we ended up throwing some away.
I then hit up Google to see if anyone out there had made paint storage mason jar lids, and someone had! You can find them here, they were so durn cute I thought why reinvent the wheel?!
I actually didn’t use the Avery labels he suggested, I just printed my labels on thick paper and they were fine. What I like about that is they’re easily interchangeable.
One by one I shook each paint can gently and then poured all the contents into whatever size ball jar I thought would work. Then I hand wrote on each label the brand, color, finish and where it had been used (if that applied). Then I simply put the paper label between the ring and the top of the ball jar, screwed them on tight and moved along!
As I filled each jar I took the empty containers and set them in the sun in our dining room. They can’t be thrown away wet and we don’t have hazardous waste disposal, so we’ll have to let them dry and then chuck them in our regular garbage. Its a little bit of a pain but our garage is SO much happier for it.
I went through our entire stock of paint with the exception of three cans, so I’m feeling pretty accomplished today! In other news we also built almost all of our headboard bench. I should be able to paint it tomorrow night and then show you guys
I love that I can see exactly what’s in there!
Having things readily at hand for me has always made me a more efficient gal. I love to use what’s on hand when I can. Especially when we’re really on a budget like we are currently.
Since my final paint storage location isn’t currently finished I needed somewhere temporary to store the jars. I had the perfect place in mind that was just out of the way enough without being unmanageable.
Our laundry room has this odd corner where you really just can’t put anything. In the pic below its to the left of the counter and behind the dryer. Say what?
Like what the heck is that even for? Its a huge space…..
I decided in the mean time I’d stick the paints there. I can easily and quickly see them all. I can grab them in a hurry and they’re also staying nice and toasty inside. I call that a win win. Especially until I get a space for them organized in my basement!
I ended up sticking my jockey Goodwill find back there as well for a little decor. Also to remind myself he REALLY needs painted
While I’m certain I’m not the first person to store paint this way, I might be the most excited. It is SO fun to look at all the pretty colors. Especially when I’m bored in the laundry room Tata for now!