Friday, August 30, 2013

Extra Paint Storage

This was one of those projects that took place without any thought or planning.  I went to the garage to gather some supplies for painting J's closet and ended up organizing all of our spare paint.  Sometimes things like that happen around here.

Here is what our paint stash looked like before I got my hands on it.

Still living in its happy home on the top shelf from when we cleaned out our garage.  But, somehow, this wasn't good enough for me.  The organizer in me couldn't handle these mostly empty cans taking up so much room on the shelf.  And it was way too much work lugging around a gallon-sized can for even the smallest touch-up paint job.  So, next thing you know, I was pulling all the paint off the shelf and rounding up as many empty mason jars as I could find.

My original plan was to have a small mason jar for each color of paint to be used for quick touch-ups.  But then it seemed ridiculous to be storing both small mason jars of paint as well as the leftover pain in the can.  As a result, I ended up using primarily quart-sized mason jars which, for the most part, could hold all the leftover paint for each color.  By transferring the paint to the mason jars, I was able to get rid of seven gallon-sized paint cans and clear up a bunch of room on the shelf.

And because I can never leave well enough alone, I made these sweet little labels for each jar.

I have to tell you, I am already loving the new mason-jar-paint-system!  I am no longer intimated to do the quick paint touch-ups that are needed around my house and I like being able to see the paint colors (and how much paint we have left) through the mason jars.

What spontaneous organizing project have you done recently?

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