Since moving into our house, we’ve worked on maximizing storage in the garage. Our two car garage is a tight fit for our vehicles and we lost extra space compared to our last house (I know, I am eye-rolling at our first world problems too).
One simple solution I’ve found was to store our leftover paint in smaller jars and keep them inside the linen/medicine closet. Our house was painted over from ceiling to trim to the walls and we were left with almost empty to half-empty gallons of paint cans.
I didn’t want to spend more money on fancy jars, so I used what I had.
I generally avoid buying canned food, and so we end up with a lot of glass jars. After we finish eating whatever was in the jar, I run it through the dishwasher and store it in the pantry for a “rainy day” use.
Brian’s told me the hardest thing to recycle is glass, so I try to keep them in rotation at our house.
This time around, I filled the jars with leftover paint. I carefully peeled off the paint formula sticker and pressed it down with a label sticker of what room the paint belongs in.
These are stored in the medicine/linen closet at the top right. I still have three paint gallons leftover in the garage to fill up, but then I’ll be done.
I love keeping the jars in the house because it makes me a little bit more motivated to go and touch up paint where it needs it! I just dab a bit of paint on a cotton swab. The other great thing is that it doesn’t dry out and it’s not undergoing the crazy weather changes that go on in the garage.
I had a former contractor tell me that he stores his paints in empty water bottles too.
How and where do you store your paint?