Operation: Organization 2014 ~ Organized Paint by Simply Organized

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Remember Sam from Simply Organized?  She shared her amazing playroom transformation with us in January, as part of Operation: Organization.  Now she’s back with another post, on how to organize all of those extra cans of paint.  I may or may not have several dozen of these in my own garage…
Here’s Samantha:

Most of us suffer from this issue – paints cans stacked away in the garage or storage shed….

I knew this would be a “top of the list” organization project long before moving into our house. With the painter here for a month and the amount of paint left behind, this was bound to get tackled right away. Truth be told, I wanted to do this project in my previous home…and the home before that. But as we know, organizing or sorting through paint isn’t a priority. By the time you get around to it, can you even open that crusty can lid?

In my case, my painter left all of this (and more) smack in the middle of the freshly painted garage last month. When he left, I neatly stacked it on these shelves to get them out of the way for the movers…

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I made myself a promise to get ahold of this job right away. Then I made good on that promise and have to admit, it was a whole lot easier and stress-free than I thought it would be. As easy as picking up the paint cans and knocking out the entire job in one afternoon. Took me about 2 hours total, including a quick label whip-up.

oh yea!

I found the quart-size paint cans at home depot for only $3 each…

Look at them all shiny and sitting pretty on my garage work table…

I also whipped up some pretty labels with the quickness…

 

 

And printed them (4 to a page) on full sheet labels…

 

To get this job done, I emptied the shelf and stacked the paint near my work table…

 

To make the job even easier, I also made sure the additional supplies needed were on hand…

Supplies needed:

* empty paint cans

* labels (print for free below!)

* pen

* paper cutter

* small paint brushes

* paint can opener

* paper towels or old rags (to clean your hands or workspace)

Starting with the first can…

I filled it with paint…

Completed the label and applied…

Hammered the lid on tight…

Finally, I added a swatch of paint to the lid. This is optional…

Done!…

There were several cans of the same color/finish paint. Those were combined whenever possible. There were also several cans with very little paint remaining. Or cans of paint that looked “off”. Yes, after only a few weeks they looked bad already – maybe because of the seal? Anyway, this is the time to sort it out and get rid of anything you wouldn’t use anyway – whether good or bad.

I quickly repeated the process until I was done…

 

Now my paint is easy to locate when it comes time for those touch-ups. And those touch-ups will be happening soon. Between the 3 movers loading items into the house and 3 little people doing a good job being little people, there are already quite a few touch-up areas in the house. All i need to do is grab a can, shake it up, and touch-up. Done.

…well, sort of! 😉 I still need Martha in my life.

When the job was complete, I used the same cardboard carrier that came with the cans to corral my paint stash…

 

 

And stacked them neatly on the same garage shelf…

 

 

Can you believe the space saved by condensing?…

 

Pure heaven for this organizer!

The remaining paint is being disposed of in the appropriate city location. In the meantime, I walk past that shelf and fall in love a little deeper each time…

If you’d like to fall in love too … or just be happy to have organized paint in your life … you can print the simple labels right here…


…and maybe tackle your paint stash today or this weekend! Enjoy!

In case you’re interested in how these paint colors look on an actual wall (we all know that helps a ton!), I shared my interior paint colors right here!

Hope this idea inspires you to get your paint stash organized! Have a great day!

 

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Here’s the rest of the all-star lineup for Operation: Organization:

Thanks for stopping by!

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Comments

  1. Love how organized it looks. Great job. Liked putting leftover paint in another container. I have to store extra paint in my house because my garage gets so hot in the summer living in Las Vegas.

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