Organizing Painting


Handy Touch Up Paint Storage /

While going through renovations (or just everyday life) walls are bound to get nicked, scratched and scuffed. For this reason, we’ve been finding ourselves frequently lugging cans of paint in and out of the attached storage shed (which is insulated, and therefore safe for paint storage).

While I was at the grocery store the other day, I spotted these cute 4 oz Ball Jelly Jars. Being on an organization kick lately, I figured I’d find something to do with them and they were only $8 for 12 jars. So in my cart they went! When I got home, I immediately knew what we’d use them for. Touch up paint!

We “canned” the paint colors for each room in the house (which only totals up to three paint colors) along with the paint we used for the trim, front door and the kitchen cabinet touch up paint that Lowe’s gave us when our cabinets were installed.

Even though the jars are clear and you can see what color the paint is without opening it, I labeled each jar with the important information including the color (and the color code if it had one), brand, finish and where in the house we used it. I didn’t have any sticker labels on hand, so I just printed the information on card stock then traced the lid around the information and cut it out. Then placed it between the lid and the metal screw band. I actually like this option better than stickers because I can easily change it down the road if I need to for some reason rather than dealing with annoying sticker residue.

They’re almost pretty enough to display, aren’t they?! But for now we are keeping them in the laundry room tool drawer. It’s so nice to have the paint easily on hand. I’ve even been finding myself looking to scratches to touch up! : )

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    Carrie @DreamGreenDIY
    June 13, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Another brilliant idea…Can’t wait to try this out for myself!

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    June 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

    This is such a great idea! File that away in the why-didn’t-I-do-this-years-ago file…

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    June 13, 2012 at 10:02 am


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    Lori H
    June 13, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Love this idea! And so pretty too.

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    LiSA c
    June 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm


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    June 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    That’s a great idea. And, I think they are good enough to display πŸ˜‰

    β™₯ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

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    June 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    you make things looks so pretty. Now I want to display all my old paint in fancy jam jars. Damn you!!! πŸ˜›

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    Ashley {GirlyObsessions}
    June 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    So cute! I love these little jars!

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    June 13, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Cute and functional = perfect!

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    June 14, 2012 at 2:37 am

    We have only one color for the entire house. I might have to go out and get some more colors so that I can get myself some jars for storage! LOL!

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    Caroline @ Between Your Ears
    June 14, 2012 at 9:27 am

    This is such a great organization tip!

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    June 14, 2012 at 11:46 am

    We use them for baby food! They NEVER leak and make smashed food seem so elegant.

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    June 14, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Genius! No, really really genius. It’s such a pain lugging out the big paint cans for a little touch up job- which is probably why we have so many touch up jobs waiting to get done πŸ™‚

    *also- tried the OMG chicken recipe recently. Me and the hubs loved it. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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    Sarah @ Freestyle Home/Life
    June 16, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    This looks like a handy way to store small quantities of paint, and it has the benefit of looking nice too. Thanks for sharing!

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    June 21, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Glad to know how cute these turned out! I have had a few packages of Ball canning jars in my laundry room for a few months now waiting to be used for the same thing. Great minds my friend! πŸ™‚


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    Justin Baker
    June 28, 2012 at 5:40 am

    Great idea, although I’d probably get bottles with a bit of industrial/minimalist design. You’re right. These are really perfect for those small touch-ups. Thanks!

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    Erin @ The Great Indoors
    July 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Smart and easy! Two of my favorite project requirements. πŸ™‚


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    July 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Oh my gosh this is a great idea! You could even display them on a shelf somewhere…they’re beautiful!

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    November 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    This is absolutely brilliant! Thank you!

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