How to store paint for free using recycled food containers.
I've been in a purging, cleaning and organizing mood lately and hitting every room in the house.
This past weekend was the basement's turn so I descended into the depths of the dungeon and spent time cleaning up and organizing the old, leftover paint from our kitchen remodel.
Usually, when I buy paint I'll leave it in the can.
I always use a spout, which helps keep the can clean for a while. Inevitably though the can gets messy with dried paint around the rim causing both the can and lid to rust.
Not good when you have half a gallon of good, and often expensive, paint left.
I needed some paint storage solutions.
Free Paint Storage Containers
In my search to store my leftover paint I started using glass and plastic food containers bound for the recycle bin. My container of choice lately has been the clear plastic bottles our orange juice comes in.
They are a perfect paint storage containers because they are tall and slim, so you can store more in a small space. They are also see-through so you can see what you have and how much is left.
The orange juice containers I used have a small opening so we used a water bottle with an even smaller opening as a funnel. We just cut off the bottom and turned it upside down in the OJ bottle.
So easy and completely free since you're using something that would be tossed out anyway.
I also filled up a small creamer container that will be stored under my kitchen sink, for quick touch ups.
A quick tip when filling your paint storage containers
I know that keeping paint in recycled bottles or jars may not be a new and clever idea, but I do have 1 tiny, little tip to share.
Place a small piece of plastic wrap over the opening before you put the lid on. It helps keep air out and it also keeps the lid clean and dry so you won't have a crusty, dried mess that prevents you from closing it tight.
The only thing missing was a label.
We went high tech with good old fashioned painter's tape.
I made sure to include the brand, color, formula (in case you need more of that color) and finish, plus the month and year it was stored.
Now when I need to grab some leftover paint I just pull the bottle out, shake it up well and I'm ready to paint.
I know, I know...so easy.
But...if you spend $20 or $30 on a can a paint, you want it to last as long as possible, right?
Now you can go and pull all of those plastic bottles and glass jars out of your recycle bin and use them to store leftover paint.
Any tips you care to share for storing leftover paint?