There have been piles and piles of half-used to nearly-used paint cans taking up valuable floor real estate in our house and it’s been driving us crazy! We’ve regrettably thrown away good paint in the past, only to wish we had saved some for touch-ups. So this time around we held on to each and every can in hopes that we’d find a great storage solution to saving all of the leftovers.
So I had some hot chocolate and did some interneting and found out the best way to store leftover paint is mason jars (at least, that’s the pinterest-consensus). But I REALLY disliked the thought of having a bunch of mason jars hanging around and I had reoccurring daymares of one (or all) of them toppling over onto the floor, with glass shattering, and paint everywhere turning my floors a nice shade of Washington Blue.
Well, we purchased the mason jars and didn’t do anything with them, until one day when I was going through old storage containers, I realized I had an plastic box with a lid, that might perfectly fit all 12 of the mason jars. And sure enough it did. I couldn’t contain my excitement (pun very intended) and that kicked my butt into gear, and we set aside a Saturday to organize all the leftover paints. If you’re curious, you can find the perfect plastic container here.
How To Store Leftover Paint
I feel very lucky to have the cutest helper there is, AND that he LOVES to help. Somehow he’s even cuter when he asks things like, “Can I help with the dishes?” 😉
What You’ll Need
- A funnel (we purchased ours at Home Depot)
- Stir sticks
- Mason Jars (we used a 12 pack of mason jars from Target)
- Labels or a label maker (the label maker is one of my most prized possessions and in spite of all my Phoebeness, I’d like to fancy myself a Monica when using my label maker).
- Optional but highly suggested: Storage container that fits your jars (we purchased ours from Target here)
- Optional: you can add a couple of marbles to each jar to make it easy to shake up the paint rather than stirring.
All the paint, so much of it! We had to make some hard decisions. Sorry, ‘Black Satin’ and ‘Mint Julep’.
Storing The Paint
We thoroughly stirred each paint can before pouring it into the jars.
Then, we used the funnel to pour the paint into each jar. Don’t forget to wash the funnel between each color, or you might end up with some pretty funky colors.
It was really exciting to have our first leftover jar of ceiling paint done, which I already need to use this weekend for touchups!
It took less than an hour to have all of our leftover paint stored and organized. I also left a couple of empty ones for future paint colors.