Do you know what color and type of paint was used in your house?
The next time you paint a room, do the following to make sure you remember what paint was used.
Mark the paint can
I’m an obsessive do-it-yourself painter when it comes to the inside of the house. All the paint cans are stored together on a shelve in the garage. The top of the can is marked with the room it was used in and the date in permanent marker. This makes it easy to quickly identify the can and do a quick touch-up when necessary.
Keep the paint chip
Over time, the color formula on the top of the paint will fade until it’s unreadable. It’s a good idea to keep the paint chip for the color. Make a folder in your filing cabinet for paint or household information, or I like to keep all my house information organized in a “House” notebook.
Write the name of the room you used the color in and the formula for the color. Add the type of paint you used (semi-gloss, matte, etc.), too. If your paint is old and you need to have a new can mixed up, you know you have the exact match.
This could apply to almost anything – when you open something, keep all the info together. Keep the box, affix the manuals to the box, etc. It’s also why you should always keep the owner’s manual in your car’s glove compartment (it should really be called the owner’s manual compartment).
I agree. I keep all the manuals, warranties, etc organized just in case I need them. I staple the receipt on the manual, too.
I am so guilty when it comes to getting organized. Not doing it and I have paid for not doing so. Just remembered one day the hard time I had trying to find a receipt of the microwave and was nowhere to be found. needless to say that I lost my chance to have it fixed under the warranty. You would say that I learned my lesson, right? Wrong, still a lot of organizing to do and this weekend has got me all geared up. Hopefully I will… As for the paint, what’s that? Haha, just kidding. Nice advice… We’ll see if the next time I manage to remember this
LOL Good luck cleaning. Put on some good music to make it less painful 🙂
Mandy June says
AHHHH! This post is right on time! We just painted our home and are now stuck with tons of different paint buckets… Do you have any method you’d recommend for transferring and storing our paint in a smaller container because we only have like half of the bucket left and that whole buckets takes up way too much space.
I usually just keep them in the original paint can and make sure I hammer it closed well so it doesn’t dry out. I think you can buy smaller paint cans at Home Depot to pour the used paint into. I would investigate that if you have those huge 5 gallon paint containers because that is a huge monster to store.
BTW I had one of those spill in the back of my car once because the place didn’t close the lid properly. It was I think the biggest mess I ever had to clean up in my life. Luckily it was a cheap falling apart car. I got all the paint out before it dried by some miracle.
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