Okay. Maybe I am late (or slow) to the how-to organize paint ideas, but the other day on Pinterest I saw a way to store paint that I actually exclaimed out loud, “Why didn’t I think of this? Duh!” While I love all the many ways to store paint that are all over the blogsphere, there was always something holding me back from implementing those ideas. I could never pinpoint the reason, so I waited.
There have been times when I will stand in the kitchen holding various empty glass jars, food cans and laundry detergent containers, debating what to do with them. While I do not wish to be a hoarder, I hate throwing stuff away that I may be able to upcycle. Speaking of hoarding, I know I am not the only one who has lots of paint cans!
The laundry detergent I use comes in a clear container. While I normally do not care what color the container is, I am glad it is clear. That way I can immediately see what paint color is inside. Yep! Use empty laundry detergent containers to store leftover paint.
Upcycled laundry bottle for leftover paint.
I love this idea! Not to mention the drip-proof and pourable spout. Let’s take a look at what I started with.
An empty bottle of laundry detergent.
A five-gallon bucket of paint that is only a third full.
Yes. I have been lugging that bucket of paint around. Ridiculous, actually. Especially, when I only need to do some minor touch-ups. Besides, the bucket is only about a third full.
I just emptied the last bottle of detergent the other day and saved it hoping I would get inspired on how to reuse it. So glad I did. After thoroughly rinsing the laundry detergent container and removing the spout, I poured in the paint from the bucket. While it may be helpful to use a funnel, I did not have one. Luckily, I did not lose much paint in the pouring process.
Afterward, I added a label to indicate paint specifications. Unfortunately, the handwritten specs were not very readable on the bucket of paint. However with my other paint cans, I plan on seeing if I can get a duplicate printout of the paint specs. Home Depot has nicely done this for me in the past. Also, if I ever need to do some small touch-ups, I can pour some paint into the lid. It is the perfect size.
How do all of you store your paint? Do you think you may try using laundry detergent containers? As always, one mini project leads to another. I really need to organize my paint stash.
Oh! Here is a great idea if you are trying to get rid of some paint. Call the drama department at a local high school and see if they can use some paint donations. A local high school took a few of my one gallon paint cans and used it for their theater props / backgrounds.