Paint organization

I’ve had this project on my “to do list” for over a year.
  Even if you paint a few rooms or pieces of furniture a year, you’ll still inevitably end up with a stash of half-filled paint cans that can end up looking like this:
 When I originally saw Brooklyn Limestone simplify her paint stash using gorgeous labels and silver cans I would stare at our paint collection overwhelmed.
(this is about half of it)


This week I bit the bullet, drove to staples and purchased the full sheet of labels so I could get started.

In BL tutorial, they transferred all of their leftover paint into new smaller cans. This could get a little bit pricey so I decided to transfer our paint into glass jars that I have recycled and kept. 

You can find the printable here, thanks to the fabulous Brooklyn Limestone!

Two pictures below courtesy of Brooklyn Limestone


I’m out of jars for now and have a few more paint cans that are about 1/4 full that need transferring. 
Although it’s not all complete,  I sure feel better about our paint stash.
Thanks for stopping in!



  1. Ummmm, could you please come to my house and do mine? LOL Looks great! 🙂

    Clydia [}

  2. don't forget to write down the formula!! Many paint company change their formulas from year to year, but if you have the formula (numbers printed on the adhesive label) & base, they can make you an exact match! Beautiful idea!!!

  3. I need to do this too! What a great idea. Will the paint stay good in glass jars as well? As long as they are air-tight probably huh? Love the little labels too 🙂

  4. I swear my husband and I were just talking about this last night since we are remodeling the whole house. I told him I did not want tons of cans of half used paint in the shed. I was thinking of finding someone who crafts and give it to them but this is a great idea..thanks for sharing.

  5. YOu read my mind! I have 1/2 dozen paint jar lids in my car because i need the "recipe" for new paint. I opened up 3 different paint gallons and they are like jello… Love the reuse of jars! thanks, laura

  6. Oh, I hope you have better luck than I did — all the paint I stored in glass jars with screw on lids dried out and turned into solid pucks of colour!

  7. Such a good idea! I put mine in plastic paint bins this summer and many exploded :-(. I'm going to start recycling glass jars now!

  8. Kristin, Our garage has been taken over by half full paint cans so I really need to do this. Thanks for sharing.

  9. That is like the greatest thing in the world ever! The labels are adorable. That definately goes on the "to do" list!


  10. Okay even your paint supply is pretty???
    I'm such a failure….you should see my crazy garage!!!! Okay I'm not a failure but I do have paint-can envy – love the labels and the organization!

  11. Oh wow…..I think I need to get better organized with my paint stash. It's in serious need of help!!! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  12. i totally get it, kristin…i saw martha stewart transfer paint to jars and loved the effect when i tried it myself. it's those little things right? jars of paint make me happy as well.


  13. Wow, a lot of work, but it looks a lot more nice. I try to not think of all my paint in the basement.

    Have a great day

    Hugs Bente

  14. Love those labels! I did this once and the paint turned really weird within a year — it separated. Will you keep us posted on how it looks in another 9-12 months? That way I can be prepared for 2013! 😉

  15. We cleaned out all of ours when we cleaned out the basement. We were fortunate that a local church group was hosting a recycling event at the time for a fundraiser. We looked into the cans too, so pricey! We used a few, but I love the jars for the smaller amounts.

  16. Thanks so much for posting this. I always feel so guilty about dropping glass jars in the recycle bin. But I promised myself I wouldn't collect glass jar clutter until I had a defined purpose for them.

  17. This is such a great idea and I love the labels! My paint collection looks like yours, a bit overwhelming but I need to get started on them. I love the glass jars, I have plenty of spaghetti jars! 🙂

  18. As a retired painting contractor I can certainly understand the need to reduce the large amount of paint cans in my storage. Great idea…but always keep the formula for each paint…a must have in case you don't know where you got it or it is discontinued.

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